Needy People

Scripture says that those who merely touched Jesus, or even his garments, were healed.

And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. – Mark 6:56

But have you ever noticed that the woman who was healed of her issue of blood was the only one of those he addressed directly, according to Scripture?

And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? – Mark 5:30

In the midst of a crowd clamoring for his attention, Jesus took the time to stop and address this woman, who had such a deep need, and a great faith.

And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. – Mark 5:31-34

As in everything, Jesus provides a perfect example. We should be looking for those in great need and seeking to meet those needs through him – although, at times, it would be so much simpler to walk away, or to tell ourselves that we are not equal to the task.

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I felt a bit like giving up on a very emotionally needy little girl this morning in my children’s church class. Because she was so disruptive and disobedient in my children’s class, I had to send her to sit with the congregation in “the big church,” and it’s not the first time I’ve had to do that in the months she’s been attending.

But I don’t want to give up on her. She needs to hear Bible stories and learn of Christ’s love. She needs to recognize that good behavior will consistently be rewarded, but poor behavior will not be tolerated.

She needs to believe me when I tell her that I love her, that I’m praying for her, and that I want her to be a part of my class.

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Unlike Jesus, I don’t know the source of this child’s emotional needs, but I can still try to help her.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. – Luke 4:18

Has someone with unique needs ever crossed your path? How have you helped them? I welcome your input.

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11 thoughts on “Needy People”

  1. Our church is very large (over 600 kids under 5 on each weekend!!) and there are many many children from all sorts of backgrounds. On an average Sunday I have 50 to 60 3-year-olds in the area that I lead.
    This means I have to be extra intentional to communicate with parents! One boy in particular comes to mind. I called his dad and in a very gentle way began talking to him about some of the very big issues we were having. His dad began pouring out his heart to me, talking about how his oldest son had chosen to live with his mom and this younger boy finding it extremely difficult.

    Knowing that this is why he was reacting out to give me so much more grace and insight into how to deal with the situation. The solution? We got his dad to sit with him for our story and singing time. This was only necessary for a month before the boy began acting completely different. He had just needed the extra love and assurance that his family was still there for him!

    The slogan at our church is: We are not just babysitters. We are there to partner with parents and assist them in raising up these little ones.

    Praying that God will give you insight into this situation 💗

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    1. Heather, thanks so much for sharing this! We are a small country congregation and deal with only about 15 kids each week, but we have the same sorts of problems. I know a bit of this girl’s backstory, and that makes it much easier to keep working with her. Our pastor, who is a very kind, loving, patient man, has spoken to her mother, to no avail. I think her mother just sends her to give herself a break. But this little girl is funny, and smart, and a joy to be around when she decides to behave. I know that she can be that way consistently, if she keeps on attending. Her progress has just been extremely slow!

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      1. Yes, sometimes families are just broken. And no matter how much we try to walk beside them, they stay that way. Hopefully in this little girls situation that will not be the case. You never know what will stick and someday completely be the very thing that brings these two into a relationship with Christ. Bless you for persevering! It is not the easy thing to do.

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