But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
We are told that the cure to the ills of society is education, better jobs, a higher standard of living, provide more social programs to help feed, clothe and house the poor is the greatest need for the degradations of society. Individuals jumping into the arena of politics are always seeking to unseat the incumbent by asking the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” As if to say that they have the answers to cure the depravity that pervades our society. Think Tanks are started to point to solutions that are plaguing our world. The so-called intellectually elite have deluded themselves into thinking that they have all of the answers, which shows just how foolish they are. No matter how many degrees someone has; no matter how well read they may be; no matter what research they have pursued, there is still one problem, they are still human and not omniscient. Only God has all knowledge. Why? because He is God.
If you take some time to look at the fact that we have more education than we have ever had. The opportunities appear to be endless. Government has poured more money into the educational system than ever before. And when you look at the statistics, we have an escalating crime rate. There is still poverty. Corruption in major corporations. Corruption in governments. Corruption in the court system and it is sad to say, corruption in many local churches across the world. The families of those who think they have all of the answers, many of them are in ruins. Now, what makes one think that education and human reason has the answer to the ills of our world today?
If you have taken time to notice, we have witnessed man ascending to the throne, and has told God that He is out of touch with the world. Man has decided that he knows what will make the world a better place to live. The only problem with that is the world appears to be getting worse day by day. It is misguided to believe that pouring money into a problem will solve it; especially if the money never reaches those who need it. Now I am not saying that money does not help, but money along with education is not the greatest need for humanity.
Now allow me to say this, America, in my opinion is the greatest place to live, and even in the midst of the abundance we possess, we are plagued with the notion that we can solve any problem, and provide what people need. Well, just look around, there are problems and needs that never go away. I am by no means a pessimist, I am a realist who understands that we will never live in a utopian society – (a system of political or social perfection). The reason why this will never be no matter how persistent those who think they can engineer this, is because of the sinfulness of mankind.
Theologically, physical need is the lowest level of human need. Satan has duped man into thinking that all you have to live for is to have is a place to live, food to eat and clothes to wear. Jesus tells us in not to worry about what we eat, drink or wear. That is not to be our primary focus. Our primary focus is stated in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. He will take care of the daily necessities of life.
The greatest human need is summed up in the fact that man is separated from God, and on a collision course with eternal damnation. Getting one’s physical needs met are fine, but all of those things are temporary, they do not provide eternal benefits. The greatest human need is Salvation. In the gospel of Mark chapter 2, verses 1-12, Mark points out this very point:
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Jesus points out that an individual’s physical need is not the most important need when He says, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” He was saying that He is man’s greatest need. Please do not be deceived by endlessly pursuing your physical needs apart from what should be your supreme pursuit is an ever increasing relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. He provides eternal benefits that will never fade away.
Your servant in Christ,