So many times, we as Christians are tempted to think much of ourselves.
And while, yes, we are worth something to God, and yes, He values and treasures us, and yes, He loves us immensely, we tend to lose sight of the fact that those things are more often true in spite of who we are, than because of who we are.
The reality is, we’re pretty messed up. We have deceitful hearts and wicked desires. We’re selfish. We’re mean. We’re sinful.
So if it were true that God saved us because we were necessary to Him, that God needs us, then we’d be in big trouble. Because to be honest, if God were to give us that much responsibility, I’m pretty sure we’d all fail pretty miserably.
Now that’s not to say that God doesn’t want to use people. God uses people all the time to accomplish His purpose. The danger comes in thinking you’re indispensible to God. Because you’re not. He chose you and He loves you and He wants You to serve Him; but if you don’t, He’ll find someone else.
What tends to happen is once we’ve been saved for a while, once we’ve started serving God, once we’ve found something we enjoy and can succeed at through the grace of God, we tend to get a little puffed up. Sometimes we even start thinking something along the lines of, “Wow, God is so lucky to have me doing this for Him.” And anytime we start to head that direction, of thinking God needs us, we’re usually headed straight for trouble.
This attitude needs to be brought all the way back to the beginning of our relationship with God and be reminded of a few things.
We have to realize Romans 5:6-11, which says:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Way back in the beginning, our salvation didn’t depend on us – it depended on Jesus.
If it had depended on us, we’d have been in big trouble, because clearly, we were in a bad situation at the time – we were weak, sinful enemies of God. But God chose to send Jesus to die for us in spite of that.
God doesn’t love us based on what we do or who we are – He loves us based on who He is.
That’s a pretty incredible promise. That means that nothing we say or do will ever change His love for us, because it’s not about us.
Like the old Casting Crowns song, “Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done; not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are!”
Now this principle that we established at the beginning also applies later as we learn to serve God. Because the scriptures are full of examples of how God doesn’t call people based on their ability, but on their inability.
For the sake of not making this post a gazillion inches long, I’ll stick to this one passage in
1 Corinthians chapter 1:
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
It’s not about performance.
It’s not about us.
God doesn’t call us to do what we can do, to do what’s comfortable, because then we’ll take the credit for it. He calls us to do what we can’t do in order that He will be the only one to get the credit.
And that takes the pressure off.
We’re set free to make much of Him. And that’s pretty awesome in my book.
“How refreshing to know you don’t need me…
How amazing to find that you want me!”
In a word: passionate. About Jesus, church, ministry, music, reading, family, friends, and sometimes even iced skinny soy mochas.