All We Need

This morning a group of people from our church are ministering at a food pantry in our city.  Each week different people from our community come to this centralized place with one thought in mind, “I have a need that others can meet.”  I must say, “Praise the Lord that we are able to meet their needs.”

This morning I was reminded of the blessings we have in Christ for the provision of all we need.  Here is how Peter describes this very fact, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,”  

There are two things that I want to point out to you this morning: 1) God meets every need that “Pertains to life.”  Question, “what are your life needs?”  Certainly we could have much discussion concerning this subject.  But so that we do not have to argue opinions, lets just hear from Jesus, “Do not be anxious about your life because your life is about more than food and clothing,” Lk 12:23.  The fact is, God has promised to meet all the needs we have, but often we want more than what pertains to life.  In those moments we struggle because we are trying to take our provisions and waste them on wants.  In these moments we find ourselves desperate for what pertains to  life.  In these moments we cry out to God and we actually blame Him for so-called, “Letting us down!”  Nothing can be any farther from the truth.  God gives us everything that pertains to life.  So if our needs are not being met we need to look at what we are doing with what we are receiving.

2) God meets every need that Pertains to Godliness. Our God has promised to provide for us all things that will lead us to live a life of godliness.  Certainly there are those who read this who say, “this isn’t true.  I try to live for God and all I do is mess up.”  Question, “Have you received and have you begun to exercise with the tools God has provided you?”  You ask, “What tools?”  Here they are:

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love,” II Peter 1:5-7.

These are the very things we need to live a life of godliness.  God has provided us with the ability to excel, through the Spirit, in each of these areas.  When we do, we will become Godly in our lives.  Again the question would be, “What are you doing with what God has provided.”

Certainly there will be people who come to the food pantry who will take advantage what they are given, but many more will use correctly what they are given and I am convinced they can say, “It is all they need.”  Brothers and sisters God has given us all we need.  Isn’t it time we use what He has given in the correct way for His glory?

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