I don’t know if you have ever thought about it like this but need is what defines life here on planet earth.
In fact, time itself is the father of need. The universe was created as finite. Meaning there is a beginning and an end. In a finite reality, need is the principle in which time exists, it’s the skeleton upon which reality hangs.
Need is the final singular truth by which our world operates. Humanity exists within the confines of need. We trade in the currency of need. Need is the foundational structure of our DNA. It’s the defining core value of our very existence. You could say that we are slaves to need.
Need is with us when we wake and when we sleep. And it’s not an abstract idea. It’s probably the most real thing many of us know. It’s an absolute. It’s a physical, emotional, and spiritual reality woven into the very fabric of our existence.
For instance, we need air to breathe; we need gravity to keep us from floating away. We need food to sustain our bodies. We need clothes and shelter. We need money to buy clothes and shelter. We need jobs to make money so we can buy clothes and shelter. We need a good economy to provide jobs…
I guess what I am trying to say is, we are one big walking, talking, breathing, need.
It’s not a bad thing – need. It’s actually beautifully brilliant if seen from Gods perspective. He created it, and because God is good, He only has good ideas and only creates good things. I believe God created need for one reason, to reveal His love, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
So creation took its first breath in the wonderful certainty of need. Our Heavenly Father created a finite reality in which men and women dwell. And then He did something odd and absolutely stunning, He breathed His Spirit, His Neuma in us. He put eternal spirits in finite bodies. He made humankind in His image – Love.
God is Love and He is always good. It says so in my Bible… yours too.
Love is the beginning and the end, and everything in between, and everything before, and everything after. Love is infinite. Love is complete; Love is the answer, not the question. Love is always good. That’s all in the book as well.
Now here is a crazy thought, while need is the very substance of our existence, it has no place in Gods reality. And if God is Love, then you could say it like this, need doesn’t exist in Love. Need is actually counter to the nature of Love. Love trumps every need, every time. It’s the good news that only gets better…
I would like to suggest that while need fosters insecurity, love cultivates identity. Stick with me; I think I’m on to something big here… I believe that there is a revelation of Love available to every one of us that settles the insecurity of need; that sets us free to become sons and daughters of a perfectly good, perfectly loving Heavenly Father.
Jesus came and revealed the Father. He took all of our needs upon Himself and died. He took a need-based existence to the grave where it always belonged. And upon His resurrection, He introduced us to a greater revelation – intimacy with our heavenly Father and access to the infinite reality of His Kingdom of love – heaven on earth.
Not only did Jesus reveal the Father and His Kingdom, He said we could do the same. “When you pray, say, Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
I believe the Kingdom of Heaven operates from a different core value than earth. While earth revolves around the reality of need, heaven exists in the revelation of Love. Everything in the Kingdom of heaven operates, hinges and moves in love, it’s all about Love.
Therefore, need doesn’t exist in heaven. We won’t need to be healed in heaven; there is no sickness there. We won’t need to feel loved; we will know and become love. We won’t know poverty, sadness, or confusion; our Father is rich in mercy and grace. We won’t have any questions about why we exist, the manifest Glory of God will make it very clear.
While Jesus very much lived on earth, He very much lived from heaven. In fact, heaven is what He released wherever He went. If you think about it, Love walked the earth in the body of Jesus and everywhere Love went, heaven invaded. If you think about it, every need Love encountered was answered through the power of heaven.
John the Baptist told us that the Kingdom of heaven, the place that operates in Love, is at hand. Essentially, this Kingdom is within reach. I am convinced we are here to discover it in every area of our lives.
Let’s go find this Kingdom come…
Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.
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