It’s fairly common for us to talk about God “wanting” us. The gospel is about God wanting to save us from our sins, so He sends His only begotten Son to live, die, and rise again for us. He did this because He wants us to have an eternal relationship with Him. He wants us to follow Him, to become disciples and worshippers of Him, because He wants us to have the life we were created for. But we seldom talk about God needing us.

Truthfully, God doesn’t “need” anything from us; as if He is somehow lacking, and He can only find fulfillment and completion by you and I meeting His needs. No, He needs us onlypuzzled in a very different, self-less sense: He needs us to fulfill His purpose. He has a plan and purpose, and it includes you and I coming together in obedience to Him. He has called us to Himself, to His Church, and to His purpose. He has chosen to operate in this present age by working through us; if we turn away from Him and follow our own paths instead, then part of His plan and purpose will be incomplete. He has chosen to use us for a greater good, and if we refuse to pursue that good, then it doesn’t come to pass. His plan for a greater good here and now requires our participation. He needs us.

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM as I talk more about how you and I fit together as individuals pieces that are part of a greater plan. Sunday School begins at 9:30 AM. Come see if this is where you fit!

Grace Received,

Joe Payne