Does God Need You?

Why do you serve God?

No, really.

Let me ask this question in a more direct way – why do you serve God in and through your local church or local ministry?

I’ll tell you why I serve. It’s not the primary reason I serve – but it’s in my top 3. In fact, there are times that this reason is the number 1 reason why I serve God:

Because that ministry needs me.

Survey says????


(insert loud obnoxious “wrong answer” sound)

God needs nothing.

Man needs everything.

If you are “serving” God because you are needed – chances are you are running on empty.  In God’s economy, we each have a job to do.  If you are doing my job, and I’m choosing to skate through my responsibilities, you picking up my slack is doing more harm than good.  It will eventually burn you out while enabling me to shirk my God given purpose.

I like to feel needed. But for me I sometime confuse the desire to be needed with the desire to be wanted. I think the distinction between feeling needed and feeling wanted is an important one. I think of needing as an extreme form of wanting. For instance, a person could want the company of many people, but only need the company of one.

God never experiences need, so serving God should never be motivated by the thought that He needs us. He is the provider in everything.

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:24–25)

Though God does not need us – I believe that He yearns for a relationship with us. He desires for you and I to serve Him and His people by using the gifts that He has given us. This brings Him glory and joy.

You and I only have enough time each day to do what God has called us to do – no more, no less.


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