God Doesn't Need Me, But He Wants Me?October 4, 2019 Pastor's Pen
Our Self-Sufficient Yet Relational God
Mind-boggling thought, isn’t it? That the Triune God of the universe, the Creator and Lord, the Sovereign Ruler over all, actually “wants” a relationship with each of us! Oh, how we must be careful, that in our desire to not misrepresent God in any way, painting a picture of Him as a warm and fuzzy God (which He’s not!), we not forget that He has chosen to glorify Himself by inviting us into a right relationship with Him from before the foundation of the world.
It’s not that He needs us. God, who has eternally existed as 3 Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, existed in perfect fellowship, aseity (self-sufficiency and autonomy), and love. God wasn’t lonely or “needy” in any way, shape, or form. He wasn’t in need of creatures to raise His level of self-esteem. And yet, He chose to create a universe to display His glory, and human beings to be His special image bearers and take care of His handiwork (Gen 1:26-27). Wow! This is the kind of stuff the Psalmist contemplates and is floored by when he cries out, “When I consider Your heavens [billions of galaxies!], the work of Your fingers [“fingers,” not even hands! The universe is God’s “pinky” work!] The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Ps 8:3,4).
As Christians who have been reconciled to this Glorious Creator, God, by turning from our sins and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must remember that God has reconciled us to Himself (2 Cor 5:18), so that by grace we should daily be cultivating a loving relationship with Him. The fundamental problem that Christ solved on the cross was that of a broken relationship with God because of our sin. Now, Christ having satisfied God’s wrath for our personal sins, those of us who have trusted Christ have been adopted into His family. We are His children, saints, chosen and beloved, God’s special possession, on and on the list goes! Our identity is no longer “outside” of Christ, but “in Christ,” in union with our Lord and Savior, so that His righteousness is our own by faith alone. How humbling, and worth celebrating every day!
With these wonderful truths in mind, do you daily come to the throne of grace to just be with your Heavenly Father in prayer and in His Word? What keeps you away from daily communion with God so often? So many Christians don’t come to God out of shame and guilt, due to personal struggles and sin. Other Christians come to God in a proud way, as if God needs them, can’t live without them, or somehow they are “worthy” of His time. None of these reasons are appropriate reasons to come to our Heavenly Father. Remember, we don’t come to God because He needs us, but because we need Him! We don’t come to God because we are worthy, but because Christ, in whose righteousness we are clothed, is worthy! We don’t come to God because we somehow minister to Him, but because He ministers to us! If I am in Christ, God doesn’t “need” me, but He actually “wants” me.
“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword…For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:31-39).
Amen. Go be with the Lover of your soul.