Hierarchy of Need
We all have a number of needs in our lives. In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed his own ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, in every area of life. Starting with basic physiological needs, he progressed up his graduation ladder:- physiological needs; safety needs – the need to love and be loved and to have a sense of belonging; the need for esteem and self-actualisation. However applaudable and true this gradation on the human ‘need’ scale is, two of the most important human needs were overlooked or ignored by Maslow – needs that should have been the capstone of his research and pinnacle of man’s hierarchy of need:- 1 My need of God Himself and 2 And my need of the things in life that God alone can supply.
Pinnacle of Need
If I fail to recognise these two fundamental needs, then I am blind to reality, for man’s need fulfilled in any other way, becomes an empty vacuum filled with nothingness. But how many Christians fail to understand the depth of our need for God, and how many believers care little about Him, and take Him so much for granted? How many approach God superficially, with no heart-longing for His presence?
Intimacy with our Saviour and Lord, is the most precious grace He has given us, for He is the well-spring of our life, both physical and spiritual. He is my alpha; my genesis; my redemption; my sanctification; my glorification; and my omega. He is the source and the finisher of all that I am… forever and for eternity. But this need OF God is circumnavigated by our need of His bountiful supply. All the blessings in life, flow in abundant measure, from His eternal supply. But most people give neither thought nor thanks for His moment-by-moment provision. And yet not one of us could not draw another breath, unless He empowers us so to do.
Need of God
No believer would express discontent of our present position, nor would we fear the future, if we truly and honestly recognised the enormity of His supply, that comes from God, and the countless blessing that are poured out on our heads, day by day. God has promised to supply all your needs according to His abundant riches in glory. Philippians 4:19 He has also has promised to heal all your infirmities – Psalm 103:3 and God can foil the tempter’s power in every believer’s life. Your Father knows all that you need, before you even ask Him… but He knows the importance of our need of Him, and He regulates our lives so that our need of Him draws us ever closer into His bosom,
1 Needful Thing
Do you remember Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus? Oh, How she flapped and bothered about the needs and necessities of life. Do you recall her murmurings against the Lord and her focus on self…? Jesus said, Martha, Martha, you are caring and troubled about many things but ONE thing is needful – and Mary has chosen the best part, which shall not be taken from her. Luke 10:41 How we need Him in all things… and how we need to take dear Mary as our precious example. She chose the better part.. a responsive attitude to divine love. Mary’s need of Jesus, was placed before everything – above all in her whole life.
Christ Our All
We think of this life as being on a timeline with there being one final day… death or the rapture being that last concluding mark of our life. How foolish are our little minds and thoughts – for that is untrue. The termination of this life on earth is nothing more than a portal.. a door into the closer reaches of His love and His heart. In both time and in eternity, our need of Him will never diminish one jot but we need to recognise how much we need Him – here and now. There is one needful thing in life – and the pinnacle of all we need, is our need of Christ.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.