God doesn’t need you.

God CoverSound like harsh words don’t they?

God doesn’t need you.

The first time I heard them, my heart cringed a little and I couldn’t suppress the involuntary indignation I felt. After all, no one really wants to hear they aren’t needed.

We have this deep-seated desire to be of use. To matter. To be accepted by those around us.

God doesn’t need you.

It’s true.

God doesn’t need you.

God has been able to handle all matters under the sun since the moment He brought it into creation. He’s never needed me to step in and give Him a hand. Not once has He ever text me and ask me to cover for Him because He has to call in sick or go on vacation.

God doesn’t need you.

Let’s back up for a moment and take a look at my dear sister Esther. Take a few moments to read Chapters 3 and 4. You know me, I’ll sit here sipping my coffee while you read.

Here we have Haman who thinks awfully highly of himself and he has a wee bit of a temper to boot. The King grants him the honor of all others bowing before Haman, which I imagine only inflated his already ballooning ego. An Israelite named, Mordecai for some reason decides this is not the thing to do.

When Haman discovers Mordecai’s disdain for kneeling before him, Haman comes to the conclusion that Mordecai has to die. However, as you read, the idea of killing Mordecai was not enough to sate Haman’s hunger for revenge.

Instead, Haman made a very calculated move. Bending the ear and pocketbook of the King, Haman convinces Xerxes to issue an edict. On a specific day, 13th day of the 12th month, every.single.Jew would be slaughtered and their possessions plundered.

Little did Haman know, but God had already put a plan in motion to rescue His people. You see, Esther, the new queen of pretty much the whole world at that time, was in fact a Jew. A fact her Uncle Mordecai instructed her to hide from the King.

By this point as well, Mordecai had already saved the life of King Xerxes by uncovering an assassination plot in Chapter 2. Esther carried the message to her husband the King, making sure  Mordecai recieved the credit.

Now Mordecai goes to Esther, not for the sake of the king, but for the entire Jewish people living across the lands from India to Cush; men, women, and children.

For some reason however, Esther is less inclined to bring this new massage to the king. Not only does she remind her Uncle that anyone who approaches the king uninvited will be killed, but she has not been asked to see the king, her husband, in thirty days. In addition, the king does not even know she is one of the Jews.

Wait.a.second. Back.up.

I don’t know about any of you, but if my husband didn’t want me in his presence for 30 days, something must be terribly wrong with our relationship…so the idea that she may very well be killed for going before the king is a very real fear for her. From the way I’m reading the words in this passage, she and her dear husband are on shaky ground.

Mordecai uses very sharp words to remind his niece, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.” Chpt 4 Vs 13.

This, my friends, is where I get to the point…

Mordecai continues by saying, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Chpt 4 Vs 14.

God doesn’t need Esther in order to save His people. If she refuses to act, “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place.”

For the life of me, I cannot think of even one instance in Scripture where God’s Will would’ve been thwarted due to disobediance from His people or a person He called to action. Like Esther, if we are called to action…and we for some reason refuse, God’s plan will still be accomplished.

I have no doubt in my mind, that at any time, God could’ve sent an army of angels to take care of His people or wipe out some bully bothering His children…you see…

God doesn’t need you.

HOWEVER…God DOES want to work through you.

Hold the phone. Really??? The Lord of all creation WANTS to work through me to accomplish His Will? Why on earth would He want to do that? Won’t I just mess things up?

I’m glad you asked.

1.  Yes, really. If He didn’t want to work through us, we wouldn’t have such incredible testomonies from people like Noah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Deborah, Samson, David, Mary, the Disciples, Paul, Susan Nunnery, Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Wendy Blight, Candace Bur, Mandisa, Plumb, and ::insert name::. I’m sure you can make your own list of people who have made an impact on the Kingdom and made an impact on your personal faithwalk.

2. It’s all about a relatioship with His children and it is His joy to work through His people. God is acitve in your life, every moment of the day. What would be more encouraging for your faith? Angels doing everything for us? Or witnessing the power of God working through His children? All of which have gone through brokeness and are sinners. Which brings us to Number Three…

3. Yes, we mess up, but that doesn’t stop God from working through us. Did you know that the power of God resides within you? No, really! His very Spirit is at work in your heart. It’s the same Spirit that was at work in every one listed in Number One above. God works through us. I love how Paul explains it in II Corinthians 12:9, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (‭NLT) in fact…“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (‭I Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ NIV). I could write an entire post on “weak” people God has used to further His Kingdom and His Will. (David and Goliath is probably the clearest example of this.)

We are imperfect people, loved dearly by a perfect God. A God who doesn’t need us, yet desires to be an active part of our lives. Today He is calling you. What He may call you to do, may seem small or insignificant, maybe He has leveled a call that seems insermountable to you.

Rest assured, whatever He is calling you to do, it will draw you closer to Him in ways you never thought possible. It will not only encourage you in your faith, but may even encourage others who see your act of faithfullness.

What is God calling you to do today?

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3 thoughts on “God doesn’t need you.

  1. Heather, how I needed to read your words tonight. Honestly, there are times I feel overwhelmed by the call to teach. I think “I can’t do this Lord. No seminary degree. No Bibles study classes. There are many women better equipped to teach than me.” But then I remember, if I stopped doing what He has called and created me to do, women would still learn. But I would miss the joy of watching Him at work in my midst as I walk alongside my Bible study girls as they delve into His Word.

    I love your words, “We are imperfect people, loved dearly by a perfect God.” I am an imperfect teacher loved dearly by a perfect God” who CHOOSES to use me because He is crazy about me and wants me to know the JOY and PLEASURE of drawing women closer to His heart and His Word.

    Thank you for using your gift of writing. You have ministered to my heart today.

    Love you,

    me

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    1. “if I stopped doing what He has called and created me to do, women would still learn. But I would miss the joy of watching Him at work in my midst”

      I love how God gives us such joy while working through us! That His strength is made perfect in our weakness and He equips those He calls for His good purpose!

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      Heather

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  2. Great post Heather! Just last week I shared a lesson about worth and this ties in…it’s all because of God!! For years I struggled with that I’m not good enoughs, I can’ts, but God led me to obey and showed me He could and He is enough. Still though I found myself at the place of knowing God could use me, but wondering why He’d want to. Thankfully He’s taken me on a journey there as well! Thank you for the encouragement and Truth you provided here! Blessings to you!

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