The Most Important Need of All

What is human need? Stripped to bare necessities, it is usually thought of as food, clothing, shelter, and health services. These needs depend, in turn, upon the need for gainful employment. The human being frequently confuses what he considers his basic needs with his wants. The two are by no means identical. But when either need or want is inadequately supplied, he is tempted to be discouraged and to experience the mental suffering caused by his seemingly insoluble problems.

But this is not necessary. The individual's sense of need starts with a mental concept. This concept is usually clouded with frustration, doubt, and fear. This is because he is overlooking the most important need of all—the meeting of which will meet all his other needs—the need for an understanding of God and of man's inseverable relationship to Him. A change of thinking is what is most requisite.

The Bible states that God is Spirit and that He made man in His own image and likeness. Therefore man—spiritual man—experiences, or reflects, all the qualities of his Maker. As God is perfect, so the real man must be perfect. God includes all substance, so His reflection, man, must possess all that he needs to express perfection; and this truth, faithfully applied, meets every human need. This is not because divine Spirit sees mortal man's material need and supplies it but because God sees man as perfect, lacking nothing. False, material concepts must be changed. The human being must claim and understand his true birthright in order to enjoy it.

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A Solemn Promise
November 8, 1969

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