NEEDS


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NEEDS
Jesus went into a synagogue, a lively discussion was started about Needs.
JESUS
If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?  How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!
MATTHEW
What is our attitude toward others?  If our convictions don’t allow us to help certain people, our convictions may not be in tune with God’s Word.  We shouldn’t allow dogma to blind us to human need.  Jesus put it this way,
JESUS
You hypocrites!  Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it to water.
ANDREW
We too can use the letter of the law to rationalize away our obligation to care for others (for example, by going to worship service regularly and then refusing to help a needy neighbor).  People’s needs are more important than rules and regulations.  We need to take time to help others, even if doing so might compromise our private needs.
MATTHEW
It is possible to become so occupied with spiritual matters that we miss real needs right around us.  This is especially likely if we are prejudiced against needy people or if they cause us inconvenience.  Instead of being bothered, we need to be aware of the opportunities that surround us.  We need to be open to the beauty of God’s message for ALL people, and make an effort not to shut out those who are different from us.  One of the ways, Jesus put it, is:
JESUS
The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
MATTHEW
Jesus challenges society’s norms.  To him, greatness comes from serving – giving of ourself to help God and others.  Service keeps us aware of others needs, and it stops us from focusing only on ourselves.  Jesus came as a servant.  What kind of greatness do we seek?  Jesus told us,
JESUS
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
MATTHEW
We saw the depth of Jesus’ feelings for lost people, and the lack of sensitivity of those around us to human need.  Jesus taught us,
JESUS
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
MATTHEW
Jesus described acts of mercy we all can do every day.  These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received.  We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs,and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government.  Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs.  Or another way Jesus put it,
JESUS
For Moses said, “Honor your father and your mother,” and, “Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death”  But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: “Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban” (that is, a gift devoted to God).
PETER
God’s law specifically says to honor fathers and mothers and to care for those in need.  We should give money and time to God, but we must never use what we do for God as an excuse to neglect our responsibilities.  Helping those in need is one of the most important ways to honor God.
ANDREW
Jesus does not ignore needs.  He is concerned with every aspect of our lives – the physical as well as the spiritual.  As we work to bring wholeness to people’s lives, we must never ignore the fact that all of us have both physical and spiritual needs.  It is impossible to minister effectively to one type of need without considering the other.  Remember when Jesus said,
JESUS
I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.  If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.
PETER
Yes, sometimes I even feel that God is so busy with important concerns that he can’t possibly be aware of our needs.  Just as Jesus was concerned about those people’s need for food, he is concerned about our daily needs.  At another time Jesus said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ Or ‘What shall we drink?’ Or ‘What shall we wear?’… Your heavenly Father knows that you need them”.  There is nothing too large for him to handle and no need too small to escape his interest.  Also remember when Jesus saw the lame man by the pool he asked,
JESUS
Do you want to get well?
JOHN
No matter how trapped we feel in our needs, God can minister to our deepest needs.  Don’t let a problem or hardship cause you to lose hope.  God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it.  Many will minister effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own needs.  As Jesus put it,
JESUS
Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
ANDREW
Love means action.  One way to put love to work is to take the initiative in meeting specific needs.  This is easy to do with people who love us, people whom we trust; but love means doing this even to those who dislike us or plan to hurt us.  The money we give others should be considered a gift, not a high-interest loan that will help us more than them.  Give as though you are giving to God.

People have always tended to value financial gain above needy people.  Throughout history, most wars have been fought to protect economic interests.  Much injustice and oppressions, both at home and abroad, is the direct result of some individual’s or organization’s urge to get rich.  People are continually being sacrificed to the god of money.  Don’t think more highly of “money” than of people.  Think carefully about how your decisions will affect other human beings, and be willing to choose a simpler life-style if as a result you will be able to help others.  As Jesus put it
JESUS
Love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and spirit, and show it by loving others.

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I am a retired Lay Minister, acting as a prophet for God to understand the end times that is comingg and how to prepare for it.
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