Saturday, April 3, 2021

Needs and Wants


Volumes have been written over the difference between what a person actually needs to survive with those “extras” which make life much more pleasant but with which we can live without. As our country has prospered exponentially in the last 75 years, most of us have put a whole lot of wants in our needs category with the result that we have become spoiled with our affluence.

But the whole needs and wants question doesn’t only have to do with our material lifestyle, it very much influences our relationship with God. We pray to God and tell him we need him to fix this or that situation. When he doesn’t act according to our plan we come to the conclusion that God is either unable to do what we want or unwilling. In either case, we’re disappointed with him.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We often say the resurrection changes everything. That statement also applies to our needs and wants. While we tell God we need a life free of problems and pain, Jesus rising from the dead tells us we need eternal life. We say, “God, I need relief!” He replies, “You need the resurrection.”

Not only is the needs/wants issue critical to where we will spend eternity, it affects every aspect of our lives right now. If we are convinced God is obligated to meet our every want in real time, we’ll live in a constant state of frustration and resentment towards him. The resurrection shows us that right now is not the life God intended for human beings, that remains for the future.

Join us for one of our Easter weekend services. Get exactly what you need in life from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 Worship service times: Saturday: 6:00 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am.

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.