by Tony Cooper, Executive Director (for Birmingham Christian Family Magazine)


A need is defined as a requirement or urgent necessity.  We all have needs.  If you have an unmet need, then you have a deficit because there is something missing or lacking.  You now are motivated to meet that need and it becomes a priority.  One can’t be fully satisfied until that need has been fulfilled.

Jesus came to address our needs.  Jesus says in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.”  Poor here is best defined as not having your needs met.  Jesus is the answer to all our needs.  Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

We have four basic types of needs:  physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.

Physical needs consist of food, shelter, and clothing.  In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus says God knows how to provide these basic necessities of life and promises to do so.

There are intellectual needs that include questions about the origin of life, our purpose, the afterlife, and eternity. The Bible addresses these intellectual concerns.

We have emotional needs such as acceptance, love, significance, and security. John 3:16 tells us that “God SO LOVED the world that He gave us His only Son” to prove that we are loved and have tremendous worth!

Our spiritual need is the most important.  We all have a God-shaped hole in our life that only He can fill.  Jesus is the only one that can satisfy this void.  John 3:3 tells us that we must be “born again.”  Romans 6:23 says that the “consequence of sin is separation from God, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”  And Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Isn’t it encouraging to know that all our needs are met in Christ?!

See the post online at Birmingham Christian Family Magazine HERE