The Deeper Need

God is calling us to go beyond physical needs to see people’s deeper spiritual needs.

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So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].  Gal 6:10 AMPC

Many times we see another person’s physical need and try to fill it.  This is good, for sure.  But in this passage, God calls us to go further, to go deeper with people than what’s on the surface.  Not just to give material things, but to give of ourselves.  To take the time to know people.  It is only in coming close enough to know someone that we can perceive what the spiritual needs are.  As we spend time with people, asking the Holy Spirit for opportunities to be a blessing spiritually, He opens our eyes to their deeper needs.  If we are willing,  He will use us to bring the message of Christ.  To share His love, to be His arms outstretched…not to give a handout but to bring them close in embrace.

This type of love can be messy and scary and uncomfortable but it is what we are called to do in the ministry of reconciliation.  The ministry of bringing a broken and dying world back into the loving arms of the Father.

Often times we miss the fact that there are those in the Body of Christ who are also in spiritual need.  We assume our fellow believers are totally fine.  Christians, just like anyone else, can be really good at hiding their pain.  They mask their brokenness with ‘Praise the Lords’, ‘Hallelujahs’ and behind overworking themselves in church.

We should pray for the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the needs around us in the Body as well.  When there are wounded parts of the Body, we are less effective and impactful as a whole.  When one part hurts, it affects us all.  Sometimes it is easy to overlook the needs of those closest to us because we assume we’ll know if they’re hurting.  If we’re not careful and intentional about paying attention, we can become deaf to the cries of those right next to us.

Let’s go into our days today, praying this prayer in our hearts:

Lord help us to have your heart of compassion for all – believers or not.  Help us to see people through your eyes of unconditional love.  Help us to see the deep needs of those around us.  And help us to be willing to be used by you to bless and uplift them.  Holy Spirit, clothe us in yourself and minister to your people through us.  May we love as You love, serve as You serve and give as You give.  In Jesus’ name, Amen 
Love & Blessings,

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