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God Will Meet Our Needs

Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

We’ve talked a lot during the Christmas season this year about our wants and our needs. I mentioned in a couple of sermons that most of us live in the world of our wants rather than in the world of our needs. Most of us have all of our needs met. Many of us have many of our wants satisfied as well.

We’ve talked about wants and needs a number of times. I mentioned that I couldn’t think of anything I needed for Christmas – and even had a hard time thinking of anything I wanted (that I didn’t already have for sure).

Most of us are wealthy compared to the world’s standard. Some of us are wealthy compared to the state or communities standard as well. The worldwide median income is less than $10,000 a year according to gallup.com. The average income in America is $56,810. I know those are two different measurements – the medium and the average – but they are still a good comparison. The median income in Maryland is $75,847.

According to CNBC – the following is a scale for middle class America.

Here’s the breakdown of how much we have to earn each year to qualify as middle-income, depending on the size of our family:

Household of one: $24,042 to $72,126

Household of two: $34,000 to $102,001

Household of three: $41,641 to $124,925

Household of four: $48,083 to $144,251

Household of five: $53,759 to $161,277

Where do you fall in that scale? Are you lower middle class or upper middle class? Are you below middle class or are you in the upper class group?

Of course where one lives and how big a home they live in and what kind of vehicles they own goes a long way in determining how much income we have left to spend on other things. A number of people spend so much on those items that they have a hard time making the rest cover their other expenses. Think about it. If your mortgage is $3,000 a month and your two car payments equal $800 a month – that will take $45,600 of your income right there each year. We must learn to live more in the world of our needs rather than in the world of our wants. Do we need to live where we do? Do we need to drive what we drive? Do we need the collection of clothes (including shoes) we current have? Just think about it. Of course – our tithe is 10% of our income – at least according to the Bible. How much does that leave us for our needs and wants?

If we’ve been blessed to have a job and a certain income – we should take care to live within our means. We need to live more in the world of our needs rather than the world of our wants. If we did – we would have more income left over to help others and save for retirement. Just saying.

Today’s passage reminds us that God will provide our needs. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:10–20 – 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

If more of us lived in our needs and tithed on our income – we might be able to help others meet their needs! What do you think? God will provide our needs. He will even allow us some of our wants – but – we need to live within our means and remember to bless others too.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 4, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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