Does God need us? – Bible Study Day 35

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Job 26 – 38

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“6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to Him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, or what does He receive from your hand? 8 Your wickedness affects a person like yourself, and your righteousness affects humans.”

Job 35

Introduction

Seemingly a lot of people think God needs them to behave a certain way for them to receive favor from Him. This can mean favor in the form of a blessing or even salvation. Unfortunately, the ones who teach this message are people who are seeking to take advantage of believers. The idea is if you do something, you will get a blessing or if you don’t do something you won’t receive a blessing. From a secular perspective, this makes sense. Most religions require work to gain their god’s favor, and also, this can relate to how we interact with each other. If someone does you a favor you do them a favor and so on. This idea, however, is not Christianity. God does not need us, and beyond that, He does not need us to do anything for Him.

Does God need us?

When God freed the Israelites from Egypt, He did not require the people to do something first. He freed them from Pharaoh and then He told them to be obedient. Even when He counts Abraham righteous because of his faith and promises him that his descendants will be His people, God did not need Abraham to do this. It can all be summed up in one verse that Paul wrote in Romans, “…While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The central tenets of Christianity are not man getting in right relationship with God; it’s God reaching out to man for our benefit, not His. Don’t get me wrong God does indeed love us, and He does desire to have fellowship with us. But want and need are two distinct things. God does not and cannot need anything because if He did, He would cease to be God. However, the fact that He wants us is something no man can ever understand. What is it that we can offer Him? What is it that we can do for Him? Nothing, and yet He still loves us.

Conclusion

Now once we’ve decided to deny ourselves and follow Him, then the requirements come. But still, I must remind you He does not need this from us rather we need this from Him. He does not need us to deny ourselves, but we need to deny ourselves. Can we save our own soul? The audacity to even claim our soul to be ‘our’ since we didn’t make it. Christianity is not an appetizer or the side of french fries we have with the entree that is our lives. C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

If we consider ourselves to be mere Christians, then we must understand God does not need us or anything we offer. God merely wants us, and to me, that is infinitely more profound. For Him to want us enough to sacrifice His Son for our atonement speaks to our level of depravity to think this is about us and His level of love to see it through anyway.

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