Man’s Greatest Need

“Therefore do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles see. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

As I was preparing this article, I came across the following words by the great church historian Philip Schaff, who said it as well as anyone can:

“In Jesus Christ a preparatory history both divine and human comes to its close. In him culminate all the previous revelations of God to Jews and Gentiles; and in him are fulfilled the deepest desires and efforts of both Gentiles and Jews for redemption. …In him is solved the problem of religion, the reconciliation and fellowship of man with God; and we must expect no clearer revelation of God, nor any higher religious attainment of man, than is already guaranteed and actualized in his person. But as Jesus Christ thus closes all previous history, so, on the other hand, he begins an endless future.”  (italics mine)

Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. I, p. 100.

Amen! Our greatest need is not for more things. Our greatest need is to be released from the bondage of sin against God and to experience His saving grace in our lives. I need God’s love more than anything in this universe. And it is this love which He displayed by sending Jesus to earth to die for my sins.

When I placed my trust in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, He gave me everlasting life. He fulfilled my greatest need – – to have God as the fulfillment of my life. Things only give temporary satisfaction, while Christ meets all my needs and provides everlasting life and fellowship. In Him my needs are met.

How about you, my dear reader?

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