Jesus was sent by God the Father into this world to come and meet people’s needs. One of the most important needs he came to meet is our need for salvation. The whole world has missed the mark and all of us need to be saved from sin. If Jesus came to meet needs, it means it is also our responsibility as believers to meet people’s needs.
When Jesus arose from the dead, he met with his disciples for forty days before he ascended to the Father in heaven. During that time he gave the disciples special reminders and instructions. In John 20: 21 the Bible says,” Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (ASV). Jesus was really telling the disciples that he was sending them out into the world to meet people’s needs just like God the Father had sent him to meet people’s needs.
Every believer in Christ has been entrusted with the responsibility of meeting people’s needs. You and I must be moved in our hearts when we see people in need. Without the heart to meet people’s needs we basically have no good news for the people. Jesus was sent by God the Father and when he saw people in need he was moved with compassion. In Matthew 14:14 the Bible says, “And he came forth, and saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick” (ASV). Jesus was sent to meet people’s needs just like we are also sent by Jesus to meet people’s needs. However, to meet people’s needs we must have his love. God’s love will give us his compassion. When we have compassion we will always be able to come to God in prayer so that he can meet people’s needs through us.
On the contrary, when we become suspicious of people who are in need, as though they had some ulterior motive as they ask for help from us, we miss out on what God has in store. The fact is that compassion will always wink at those same ulterior motives because it knows that the supply of God is unlimited. God is the one who supplies and meets people’s needs. Jesus addressed this issue with the disciples much earlier before he even went to the cross. In Matthew 14:15 the disciples said, “…send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food” (ASV). When the disciples wanted to get rid of the people, Jesus had already planned to meet their needs. The issue is that the disciples perceived things from their own limited resources, but Jesus viewed things from God’s perspective of unlimited supply.
Jesus knew that The Father had more than enough of everything. He knew that God was able to feed the multitudes of people that is why in Matthew 14:16 Jesus says, “…They have no need to go away; give ye them to eat” (ASV). It is our responsibility as believers, especially that God has blessed us with access to God who is the source of every blessing to meet needs. We are supposed to meet spiritual needs for sure, but we also need to realize that these spiritual needs are connected to man’s physical needs. Since one person can not easily meet the needs of so many people, we therefore needs to tap into God’s unlimited resources through Jesus Christ.
It is really the will of God for us to meet people’s needs. Meeting people’s needs is in fact an expression of God’s love. In 1 John 3:17 the Bible says, “But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?” (ASV). God loves this world and that is why he sent his son Jesus Christ. Jesus loves this world with the same love of God and that is why he has also sent every believer into the world. In this world, when people need food, Jesus says, “…give ye them to eat”. Give!!
Now beloved, as the love of God fills your heart, let compassion prevail so that you can give out of God’s abundant supply and not your own.
ASV – American Standard Version