Psychologists and motivational speakers claim that a person has six basic needs in life. If these aren’t being met, then the person is living a life of misery.
Here are the six:
Security – financial and emotional
Let’s see how the gospel speaks to these:
Security – you can’t find any in this fallen world because security is subject to change and decay – remember the dot.com and real estate bust – real security comes from belonging to Christ.
Significance – all of us want to be noticed and recognized and applauded – however, there’s been only One Significant Man worth our attention – Jesus Christ – and if you belong to him then you share in his significance. You can’t get any more significant than that.
Connection/Love – fallen creatures can’t offer the life you crave, they can’t fill you up with love and joy and intimacy, they can only offer self and that fluctuates every minute – only God’s love in Christ for you is the true connection you long for that stays steady forever.
Variety – fallen man seeks entertainment to be stimulated whereas following Christ everyday and doing his will is never boring.
Growth – growing in a skill or talent is temporary, whereas growing in the love that Christ has for you brings you increased joy and happiness.
Contribution – the best man can do is social work for the less fortunate – i.e. Tom’s Shoes – whereas your highest contribution is having faith in God and loving your neighbor out of a grateful heart for what God has done for you.
If all your basic needs are met in Christ, then how should you then live?
1. Stop looking to sinners and the world to fill you up – you are filled already in Christ.
2. Learn to be content with what you have and where you are right now – be thankful to God.
3. Serve others out of a grateful heart for God’s gift of his Son for you.
There’s one more thing. I believe there’s a seventh basic need that trumps all six, and it’s this:
How do you escape the wrath of God? How do your sins get wiped away?
Isn’t it interesting that nobody asks that anymore?
Talk to me.