What Motivates Us

CWOW—Meeting the needs (physical/mental) of the one (Lk 15; Mt 18)

All people have physical needs.  Until physical needs are met the spiritual needs cannot be met effectively. To the natural man his senses bound him to the physical realm.  If a person thirsts or hungers, is sick, incarcerated, naked, or feels unwanted fixing this issue will consume him/her.  The body can be trained to overcome hunger by fasting, but that is a different situation.  This is through the power of God.  Also, fasting is temporary; starvation is indefinite.  

Unmet physical needs weigh heavy on the soul (mind and emotions).  This is a huge distraction.  If unmet, the mind cannot concentrate and the emotions become unstable (irritability). Ones behavior may even become irrational.  This is a natural response to a physiological need.


Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

  • God provides all our physiological needs of the believer.  He calls us to meet the needs of the unsaved.  This prepares them for ministry.(Mt 6:33)
  • No matter how dedicated to Christ someone is their physical need cannot be held at bay indefinitely.  The natural man is consumed with fulfilling his needs. (Mt 6:32)
  • Meeting the physiological need is part of the planting-watering process (1 Cor 3:7-8).  Doing this makes the heart accessible to God.  When the physiological needs are met the major distractions fad away.  Now the person can hear the Word.  God can then can prick (convict) the heart of the hearer which leads to salvation. (Acts 2:37-38). 
Matthew 18:10-14 (NIV)
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels(L) in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [a]
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
1 Now the tax collectors(B) and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”(C)
3 Then Jesus told them this parable:(D) 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?(E) 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’(F) 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.(G)

2 Cor 3:3-6 (NIV)
3 And even if our gospel(F) is veiled,(G) it is veiled to those who are perishing.(H) 4 The god(I) of this age(J) has blinded(K) the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ,(L) who is the image of God.(M) 5 For what we preach is not ourselves,(N) but Jesus Christ as Lord,(O) and ourselves as your servants(P) for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a](Q) made his light shine in our hearts(R) to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.(S)

Matthew 6:24-34 (NIV)
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry(AC) about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear… 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? …will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?(AH) 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.(AI) 33 But seek first his kingdom(AJ) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(AK) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom(V) prepared for you since the creation of the world.(W) 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,(X) 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,(Y) I was sick and you looked after me,(Z) I was in prison and you came to visit me.’(AA)
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.(AB)

James 2:15-16 (NKJ)
15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
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