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Does God Need me – Part 3

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Does God Need me?

Like Jeremiah, i simply can’t hold it in. i have to speak it out. i have to act it or live it out in whatever way i possibly can. God’s love is compelling, and  without such a response from me, that love then goes its homeless way. God’s love in a sense is completed… no not completed but fulfilled by my response. So when i
look at the world around me, at the heart-break and suffering of it and at the heartbreaking beauty of it, am i able to refuse my calling?

Does God need me? Not in the sense of needing but I’d would call it, desires me, wants me.

  • God desires my eyes to see through
  • God desires my hands to work through
  • God desires my voice to speak His words.
  • God desires my tears to express the passion of his heart.

I would much rather be desired or wanted than needed by God or anybody else as for that fact. So in closing I will leave with Webster’s definitions of Need and Want and from there you can decide for yourself.

Need: a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation, a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary, to be under an obligation

Want: desire for to feel inclined, wish, like

i’m sorry I have to share one more story. A woman writes, I had a dream one night. I was in church and my pastor was preaching. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember much, but one word stuck with me: Jonah.

She went to her Bible and read the story of Jonah. Jonah disobeys God and catches a boat to Nineveh. As a result, a big storm threatens to sink the boat until Jonah is thrown overboard. After that, she was convinced that God was telling her that she needed to quit the beach mission team, or the whole thing would go  down. If she didn’t do what God asked, she would ruin His perfect plan. And not just for her, but for the whole team.

She wrote to her team leaders explaining to them the whole thing and why she wouldn’t be coming on team.

Thankfully, she was blessed with very wise and godly team leaders. They wrote back to her explaining that it would be within God’s will whether she went on mission or not. They told her that God’s will is not so specific that humans can ruin it with one bad decision. They also said that they still needed people to come on team, but they didn’t need her. They said that it was dangerous to think that the world revolved around her (those were the exact words, no kidding).

Their words cut right through her and left a sting. But they were right. She admits that she was stupid for thinking that her actions could make or break the success of something God was doing.

More recently, she fell into the same trap of thinking that God needs her to work in the life of her boyfriend. They have both changed a lot in positive ways since they started their relationship, which led her to believe (once more) that his success as a Christian was dependant on how much she was praying for him and encouraging him, and whether they were together at all. When they broke up for a day, God really challenged her to see that He can work without her, and that she should be thankful that He has chosen to use her.

God does not need me for anything. I am not irreplaceable and the success of God’s work on this earth does not depend on me in any way. What a weak God he would be if his plans could be stopped by me simply refusing to comply!

My salvation is not a result of anything i have done, or failed to do. It’s all about Him. Now for real i am closing with this last word of caution. There are many perspectives on this question and one only needs to goggle the question to see them. I was asked my thoughts and I have given them freely but my thoughts are not always His thoughts and so if for no other reason i hope i have stirred you up to find your own answer.

Portions of these thoughts are from: © 2005 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. All Rights Reserved. Permission granted by RZIM where originally
published.

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Does God need Me – Part 2

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Does God Need me?

The following comes from the insightful writings of Oswald Chambers. “It is by God’s grace that He does not allow us to see all the effectiveness we have in the world.” How interesting! Often i yearn to see my own effectiveness and the fruit of my hard work. Why is God this way? Why does Chambers say that it is God’s grace that keeps me from seeing any of my successes? Maybe it is to protect me from taking pride in them. I am aware that all success belongs to the Lord. But maybe there is another purpose.

Perhaps God does not want me distracted into thinking that my goal in life is to bring about wonderful successes for Him. I know that may sound strange at first, but perhaps that is because in my present world I wear the glasses of success and believe that personal value comes in the things I accomplish.

I am sure that God is quite busy telling me in the Bible that my value does not come with all the things I can do. My function does not preclude my essence. The Psalmist says, “Your love is better than life” (Psalm 63). This goes against my success driven culture. If I cannot live, I cannot have success for God. How
could the Psalmist make such a ridiculous remark, to think that relating to God is more important than serving God? He says it because it is true.

Let me see if this brings any more clarity to the question. The prophet Jeremiah speaks of being called, being forced to become a prophet of God, despite his strongest protestation: If I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in and I cannot.

And then in Matthew the same theme of urgency appears. Jesus is addressing his disciples and says to them: What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.

I think these words seem to say this: that whenever I am given an awareness of the extent of God’s passionate love for me – even for the most fleeting moment – whenever this happens to me, i have no choice but to proclaim it.

Does God Need me?

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Does God Need me?

Does God Need Me? This is the question i was asked a while ago. My immediate thought was no. After a few moments, my answer changed to yes, and then a few moments more and i decided the answer was yes and no, as though it was a trick question. i decided that for myself and for the person who asked me the question, i needed to find my real answer, but more than just an answer was the why it is my answer.

As i asked i found that many believe God does need them. i run into people all the time who insist that God needs people to accomplish His work. They emphasize that without people’s obedience, God’s work could not get done. But what about when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the people were greeting Him with “Hosanna!” The Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke the shouting people. Jesus said, “If the crowds become silent, these stones will shout out” (See Luke 19). If i won’t shout for God then the stones will. Likewise, John the Baptist said that God is able of mere stones to make children of Abraham. The Pharisees were reminded of this truth at the beginning and  end of Jesus ministry.

Conclusion, in the area of usefulness, God does not need me. Let me explain why.

Perhaps there is more to my life than for me to seek after my usefulness to God. Do not hear what i am not saying, to be used by God is marvelous. To make His name known on the earth is to be one of my highest goals. But… to need to be useful, to hold in my heart the motive that God needs me seems to me, to contain a fair amount of pride. That’s just me.

Jesus made His point more than once when He spoke so He says, “And when you pray, don’t do it so that others will see you. Go into your closet.” Again he says, “And when you fast, don’t display your fatigue, but rather fast in secret.” And like always Jesus, continues so as to ensure that all might understand, “And when you give, do it in secret.”

It is my belief that God is more concerned about the state of my heart than about all the usefulness i can conjure up.

(See Psalm 8). The words He utters are the recipe by which He makes the universe. He fills the earth with a flood of lively animals and colorful plants and then crowns His creation with a creature in His own image. God sees the beginning from the end.  He knows when sparrows fall and when our hair goes thin. He clothes the flowers of the field. He moves the hearts of kings and guides the fates of nations. Even philosophically speaking, God, by definition, is self-sufficient. To be God, He needs nothing. If He needed anything, He could not be God… in my opinion.

Where would i get the idea that God needed me? Often i am plagued with the quiet idea that unless i am busy doing things for God’s kingdom, He will not love me and that His plans will not come to about. But God demonstrated his love for me, says Romans 5, that even while i was a sinner, Christ died for me. Why? Because He found Himself overwhelmed by all the chores to complete on planet earth? Because governments would grow like Babel unless someone lends God a hand? Because if I don’t proclaim Him, no one will? Imagine for a moment, God, limited in his mind to know of the outcome of humanity, may also be limited in His power to produce His will or conquer evil without my helping hand.

Dale Fincher says, “When God wills our good, it is not with the hidden motivation that He needs a few more laborers. He does it because He wants us to have the very best thing we could have. And one of the very best things for us is that we walk in obedience to Him (see Ephesians 2:8-10). This obedience is not directly for the purpose of helping God out. This is for the purpose of fulfilling who and what we were supposed to be from the beginning (like setting a bird free to fly). God does not need me to accomplish His work, but it does appear that He delights in my working with Him in the world (see the Book of Acts).”

If I am motivated to gain God’s favor by being useful to Him, i am believing a well dressed lie. i am loved by Him. Let an outpouring of gratitude and love be my motivation for obedience.

Rich Mullins shared this: Imagine the story of the Gospel. How many people are absolutely essential to the story? How many people, without which, the story couldn’t happen the way it did? God is important to the story. Jesus, God in the flesh, is important. Mary is important, as Jesus was virgin born. Judas was important because he betrayed Christ and set the wheels in motion to send Christ to the cross. The Pharisees were important to stir up the rabble. Pontius Pilate was important because he had the power to condemn Christ. The Centurion was important because he nailed Christ to the cross. Of all the important people to the story, few of them were good people. Many of them were actually… active sinners? The point is: God can use anybody. He can use Balaam’s donkey. He can use Nebuchadnezzar. He can use Judas. In fact, Judas was the most useful of all the twelve disciples at that point. Even James Stewart, the Scottish theologian, emphasizes that “Christ did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil; He conquered through it.” However, in Mark 3:13, it says
that Jesus called unto Him those that He wanted. It is a far better thing to be wanted, than to be used. And, in turn, our usefulness becomes most powerful
when our obedience is out of love and gratitude in a life of worship.