Is it a need or a want?


By Agnes Amos-Coleman

Recently, I was speaking with a CEO I worked with and during our conversation she asked me to share my career goal with her. Without any hesitation, I shared with her that my life’s goal is to use my time to serve God and people and that my career goal isn’t as important to me as it was many years ago.

Why this shift in mindset you may ask? The answer lies in Matthew 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

God prepared me over 7 years ago, through Financial Peace University, to get out of the bondage of financial debt so that my husband and I could be free to live life as He designed it. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we continue to daily make intentional choices to prioritize our needs over our wants.

Friends, there is freedom in surrendering our resources to the Lord, including our lives, time, talents, money, and so on. When we do so, His words assure us that God will meet our needs, but not necessarily our wants. This assurance is based on:

The faithfulness of God. The Bible tell us that God is not human, that He should lie, nor a human being, that He should change his mind. When we partner with the Lord with our resources, we’re on a winning team – no matter what the situation feels or looks like (Numbers 23:19).

The provisions of God. The Psalmist reminded us in Psalm 37:25 that from his youth till his old age, he never saw the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. This is a guaranteed promise for us, as children of God. Our need of food, water clothing and shelter will be met and then some – even if he must send the Ravens, as He did for Elijah (1 Kings 17:6).

So, what does God require in return from us? That we live a life content and satisfied with His plan for our lives; to be debt free to live life as He intended; not desiring to be rich, but desiring God, and not love money, but love God (1 Timothy 6:6-10). AND always give Him praise and thanksgiving (Psalm 9:1).

Christ follower, I encourage you to prioritize your needs over your wants today and watch your God, who can make a way where there is no way, meet your needs. If you are currently not a Christ follower, come, taste and see that the Lord is good and make the decision to follow Him who will help you meet your needs.

Read John 8:31-32.

Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

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