No One Had Any Needs

Imagine the following scene, You have just gathered the family to celebrate Christmas.  Everyone is gathered in the room with presents around the tree.  Suddenly Jesus shows up in the flesh.  Immediately you recognize the Son Of God.  You can see the nail prints in His hands.  The radiance of His glory is overwhelming.  You welcome Him into your Christmas celebration. You humbly invite Him to speak.  Jesus begins with these words, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me,” John 14:1.

In this moment, you begin to wonder, “What am I troubled about?”  Before you can really process this, Jesus continues, “Tonight I am going to give each of you a gift.  This gift will meet every need you have.”  Suddenly, in your American built mind,  you ask the question, “What kind of gift could it be that meets every need I have?”

As you process this, Jesus once again speaks, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” John 14:27. In this moment your heat and mind are illuminated by God.  Now you get it.  The gift that meets every need is the Gospel.  The gospel gives us peace.  We have peace with God and we have peace in God’s created world because our God will provide for our every need.

Imagine if we really appropriated the gospel as God intends it.  We would live lives that were passionately seeking to praise God for His blessings.  We would be living lives that were passionately seeking to do His will moment by moment. If only God’s people could see this.

If only the people in Ezekiel’s day could have seen and embraced this.  The prophet of God predicted a day when they would see this, “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,” 11:19. Ezekiel certainly would not live to see this day.  However when Jesus came to the earth, the world did see this happen.

The church in the first century lived in such a way that reflected this one heart.  They understood that God had met their every need and it was their responsibility to share their blessings with those around them.  This was evidenced by the writer of the book of Acts, “There was not a needy person among them, for as many who were owners of land or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need,” 4:34. All one can say at this moment is, “Wow.”  Truly no one had any needs.

Certainly we cannot say this today in the church or in our community.  My conviction is that we need to cease blaming politicians and the economy.  I am the guilty one. God help me to so surrender everything to Christ that I will take from His gifts to me and give to those who have need.  All for His glory alone.

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