Monday Motivation: What We Need

How often do we complain about not having what we need in life? We commonly find ourselves making statements like “I need…” or “If I only had…”. We all make these statements and it doesn’t mean that we’re horrible people, but it probably means that we’re not completely understanding of what “needs” are.

A portion of 2 Peter chapter 1 really made me look at my idea of needs. I can sometimes complain that a need is not being met or that I haven’t been given the tools to do what I need to do.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.”
- 2 Peter 1:3

The verses go onto say that because of God’s excellence, we’ve been given the promises that let us share in his glory. In light of these verses, my complaints of “I don’t have what I need” seem very pitiful and selfish.

God has given so much of himself, given us promises that we in no way deserve and still we whine about what we don’t have. Instead of seeing the bigger picture of God’s provision, why are we still complaining about not having our needs met? Verse five of this same chapter really hit home when it says:

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

What is my response to God when I’ve been shown grace and been given promises that I don’t even deserve? Too often, my response is not what it should be. In light of what God has done on our behalf, our response shows what we truly value.

This week, challenge yourself to see what needs God has met and remember how God has provided even though we’re unworthy. Our response to God and how we live our lives in light of these things will show the greatness of God to the people around us. When life stops being about us, we can live our lives for Him.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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