February 27, 2017

What is Your Need?

I had my car serviced last week and while I waited I looked at new cars on the showroom floor. I had questions about a new car, but the salesman and I were not on the same page. He was more interested in selling me a car than he was with my buying a car. Rather than letting me ask questions of him, he questioned me about financing, lease options, and car styles. It occurs to me that believers do something similar when we talk to unbelievers about the Lord. Thinking we know what the unbeliever needs we try to sell him on reading the Bible, going to church and becoming a Christian. Seldom, if ever, do we ask an unbeliever what it is that he thinks he needs. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, “Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight”” (Matt 20:32-33 NIV).

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----We make such a big deal about calling on Christ that we undervalue dying to ourselves. Seeing the needs of others through their eyes comes from looking at the world less through our own eyes and more through His. He is the one who knows all needs before anyone knows their own needs. And although He relates to us through our perceived needs, ultimately what He serves to us meets our real needs. So our knowing the needs of others becomes this balance between what we know by God’s Word and what we learn from exploring others. The only way we can know anything about others is to stop relating everything to ourselves and try relating something to them. Then, to know their needs we must relate what we learn of them to His Word. The only part “we” play in it is the effort part. Everything else is done on their part - of the Lord and others.

Love you all,
Steve Corey