Needy is a term usually associated with a negative connotation. Dictionaries may define it as being deprived, disadvantaged, or even destitute. Most people would agree they do not want to be a burden nor be dependent on others. Neediness is usually an undesirable trait in our society. Being self-reliant and self-sufficient is highly regarded and preferred by most.
In an article by Steven J. Cole entitled Needy People, Mighty God, he maintains all people fall into the category of “desperately needy”. In his writing, he supports his stance through the simple fact that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord. (Romans 3:23) Cole goes even further to describe the human race as “fragile” individuals who could expire at a moment’s notice. We are desolate without His almighty grace.
Our dependence on God goes much deeper than salvation. In John 15:5 the Father reminds us “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Discipleship requires total reliance on the Lord for “the whole ball of wax”. I don’t know about you but I fail greatly at being Christ-sufficient. It is a continual struggle to humbly submit all control to the Lord although I truly know I am incapable of anything without Him.
My heart’s aspiration is to abide in the Lord 24/7. Actually, I prefer the thought of being immensely inundated by God so there is no room for human desires and selfishness. I long for my life to be overflowing with the Lord.
John 15 places great emphasis on the word abide. If we look further into John 15, verses 4 through 10 use the term nine times. We have all heard John 15:7 quoted and possibly misused. Yet verses 8 and 9 gently remind us when we stand firm in the Father’s love, our only wish will be to glorify Him in all we do. Over and over the Lord reminds us to “abide in” Him and His perfect love allowing His words to live in us and through us.
Lord, I need you. What about you?
Father, help me trust in you with all my heart, and let me fully rely on your perspective as your word states in Proverbs 3:5. May I abide in you and your ways to prevent me from becoming less of who you made me to be. (1 John 2:28). I do believe I cannot accomplish anything fruitful apart from you (John 15:5) and I declare Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. (1 Corinthians 12:3) Let me treasure your Holy Word and live it daily. (2 Timothy 3:15-17) Father, I humbly submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as your obedient child. Lead me in sanctification and let me be ever-mindful of the gift of eternal life. (Romans 6:22) Lord, I need you and only you.