It’s OK to Have Needs: Living in Community
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In the beginning, humankind was created to live in community. It wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. It was good for him to have a partner and a family. One aspect of being created for community means that every individual has a desire for belonging and this belonging comes with the recognition that we can be interdependent with our tribe of people when it comes to getting our needs met in a healthy way. Shortly put, you were created with needs, and it’s OK that you have them. In fact, at Agave SOZO, an inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ, we believe those needs are biblical and that God often chooses to meet them through the people he puts around us. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” Romans 12:10 (NIV).
The problem is that our upbringing, culture and society, together, do a great job of informing us as to what our needs should be, how we should get them met, and whether it’s even good to have certain needs at all. In this post, we won’t discuss how to get your needs met in a healthy way; instead, we’ll focus on how these needs, and others, are a part of our God-given DNA that connects us to one another.
What We Mean By “Needs”
We all have the basic survival needs for food in our stomach, a roof over our head, clothes on our back…etc. But the needs we are discussing here are less tangible. They revolve around the love and belonging that are found in relationship; for example:
- The need to be comforted when you are mourning;
- The need to feel appreciated when you do a great job;
- The need for acceptance or understanding;
- The need to share inner thoughts with others;
- The need for approval from a boss or friend; or
- The need for support, whether emotional or physical.
Humbly Loving and Serving One Another
We quoted a verse from Romans 12 in the opening paragraph, and we actually love this chapter of scripture as a whole when it comes to defining what a healthy community of Christ Followers looks like. If you have a moment, take some time to read it really quick.
We are one body with many members. Each member has a different function and each part is necessary to the whole. We are called to honor one another above ourselves. The golden rule says “do unto others as you would have done unto you”. And Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.” These biblical concepts have huge implications for what it looks like to live in community. When we allow interdependence on one another in our communities, both to get our physical needs met as well as our relational needs met, we fulfill a part of our calling as humans.
Inner Healing Prayer Ministry in Chandler, AZ
At Agave Sozo, our mission is to see our inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ come alongside of Christian counseling to help relieve depression and set people free to live the abundant lives they were created to experience in community. If you are feeling disconnected, a lack of belonging, or simply stuck, contact us today. A freer, more vibrant YOU might be just around the corner. Why wait?!