The Basic Ingredient for Growth is Need

I received this powerful quote in an email from a friend this week.

“Now it so happens that God’s basic ingredient for growth is need.  Without personal needs, we would get nowhere in our Christian life.  The reason our Father creates and allows needs in our lives is to turn us from all that is outside of Christ, centering us in Him alone.  “Not I, but Christ.” For both our growth and service it is all-essential that we see and understand this principle … “The soul never imbibes the truth in living power but as it requires it.”  As for our growth, needs cause us to reach out and appropriate by faith, from our Lord Jesus, what we require.”

The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford  (Zondervan, 1983, p. 18)