Embracing What You Need (Matthew 20)

Mick Jagger famously sang:

You can’t always get what you want 

You can’t always get what you want 

You can’t always get what you want 

But if you try sometimes you just might find 

You just might find 

You get what you need 

The words above sting with truth that for the longest time i ignored.  However, now i am a big fan of distinguishing between want and need.  Want and Need, these words are often used interchangeably, and though our society confuses them, they are very different. i am not sure at what point in my life i became so compelled to delineate between the two, i am sure it was some time in my mid-twinties, nonetheless i did and am.  

There are many things i want in life and few that i need.  However it seems like an endless chasing after wants and never being content with the gift of having all i need (and so much more).  Matthew 20 is a reminder to me of how caught up i can get with “wanting” and miss the gift of my needs being supplied through God.  i’ve been where the first laborers in the vineyard were, the idea of fairness and not being content that my needs were met.  i want fairness, i want justice, i want my idea of of “right” to be  met.  Usually when i decry about my rights as a worker or otherwise, it comes from a purely selfish and self-centered place, a place opposite of the nature of Christ in me.  It’s a distraction from making fishers of men and discipling, it puts me at odds with the authority i live under, it never leads anywhere good.  When i am looking for what i want and even often what i think i deserve i lose sight of the good news of the gospel.  When i begin to embrace what i need and be content in Christ and accepting the Sovereignty of a God who loves me more than is fathomable it is  there i find peace, there i find hope, there i find truth, there i find justice, there i find fairness, there i find rightness, there i find contentment.


i don’t need more denarius (money)…

i need Jesus to be my deliverer.

i don’t need to sit at the right hand of Christ…

i need Jesus to grant me mercy.

The moral for me is:

i can’t always get what i want

But if i try sometimes i just might find

i just might find

i get what i need…

His fulfillment of my need is always better than me fulfilling my wants…

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