April 29, 2001
Volume 11, Number 17

Do We Need What We Want?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21). This immediately follows the admonition, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth? where moth and rust cloth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust cloth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:19-20).

Jesus knew humankind has trouble keeping OUR hearts focused on our real purpose for being here. We see the material things about us and we wish to possess them. We hate to see that proverbial Jones family gets ahead of us! But, strange as it may be, acquiring things does not bring us satisfaction. We then merely focus on added things.

While there is no inherent wrong in trying to better ourselves, we need to pause and ask, What is my primary focus in life? Is it the possession of material things? What do I really need? Jesus promises those who put the kingdom first that our needs will be met. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Notice we are not promised that all our wants will be supplied. Our needs will not arrive miraculously. God expects us to earn them by the sweat of our brow (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Man is not always able to distinguish between needs and wants. In our affluent society we have come to view as needs many things that are luxuries. Jesus reminds us that God has graciously provided the needed care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. And we are reminded that we are much better than are they (Matt. 6:26, 30). The focal point, then, is just what are our needs? Webster defines needs as "a condition requiring supply or relief; anything needed ... as, our daily needs; a necessity." Though want is often used as a synonym for need, there is a difference. Want means "to wish for something; to desire or crave."

Knowing that the acquisition of things does not bring happiness, the Christian must be careful for what he/she wishes. We need food and shelter. We need sunshine and rain and air. We need a right relationship with God, though this is sometimes absent from our list of needs.

Too many times our focus is upon pleasure and popularity. This in spite of the fact that the Hebrew writer reveals that the pleasures of the world (or sin) are but "for a season" (Hebrews 11:25). The wise man declares, "Favor is deceitful and beauty is vein" (Proverbs 31:30). Solomon had great wealth, possessions and power. Like many today, he sought fulfillment in worldly realms only to learn real satisfaction is not found there. The wise man observed in Ecclesiastes 12:8, "Vanity of vanities, ... all is vanity." He then gives the realm wherein true happiness and satisfaction is found. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Literally, this is the whole of man.

People, in general, like new and different things. We have a continual list of wants. We need to review that list often and ask some pertinent questions relative to each item.

  1. Will my acquiring this draw me closer to God or will it become a wedge between God and me?
  2. Will this demand time which takes away from Christian service?
  3. Will this weaken my Christian influence?
  4. Will this cause a financial burden for my family and/or rob God?
  5. Do I really need it? If not, will it make my life better?

We need to learn to be contented with what is good for us (James 4:3). We can learn contentment (Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:6). Let us mature past the stage of thinking every want is a need. Let us overcome our desire for pleasure and prestige. May we refocus on the good things of life. May we renew our commitment to serve God faithfully. "What we go after here determines where we go hereafter."

Author Unknown

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 29th: ... Acts 13:1-25, Joshua 18-19, Job 29
Monday, 30th: ... Acts 13:26-52, Joshua 20-21, Job 30
Tuesday, 1st: ... Acts 14, Joshua 22, Job 31
Wednesday, 2nd: ... Acts 15:1-21, Joshua 23-24, Job 32
Thursday, 3rd: ... Acts 15:22-41, Judges 1, Job 33
Friday, 4th: ... Acts 16:1-15, Judges 2-3, Job 34
Saturday, 5th: ... Acts 16:16-40, Judges 4-5, Job 35

The world is full of people who are making a good living
but living poor lives.

Mobile Clinics:

We will be conducting mobile clinics in Ghana’s Northern Region this summer. To see a list of needed items go to www.ghanamissions.com and click on mobile clinics.:

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Miriam Small - Bill Brown - Bill Sherman - Elizabeth O'Connor

Leslie Johnson - Viola Morinier - Virginia Law

Maxine Riggenbach - Naomi Morton



This Sunday: Mark Your Calendars for Sunday, April 29th. It is a fifth Sunday and the collection on that day will be placed into our building fund.

Fellowship Meal: Sunday, May 6th.

New Wednesday Bible Classes:

Sunday’s Lessons:


"Where's Your Treasure?" (Matthew 6:19-24)

"We Reap More Than We Sow" (Galatians 6:7-10)


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Jim Dougan

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Jim Treece



$ 1285.00
Mike Weber
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Kerry Keathley
Wayne Vowell
Weekly Average (yr):

Dick Navarre

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