Melvin Newland, an Oklahoma minister, tells about a preacher friend of his who decided to keep track of all the questions he was asked and all the requests people made of him and the church for one week.
“When people stopped by to see him, what did they want? When people called him on the phone, what was on their mind? What was bothering them? What did the people really want?”
Melvin left me hanging a little bit, because he didn’t reveal the result. I wondered what needs people were wanting met by the preacher and the church.
This thought reminded me of a quip of Gladys Kounce, an older sister where I once preached in Tampa. When you would mention to her about getting something, she would ask, “Is it a need or a want?”
In one of the great verses of the Bible the apostle Paul reminds the Philippian brethren about needs.
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)