Monday, March 11, 2013

Not Needed, Wanted

Here is a humbling thought for the day: God doesn't need us, but He wants us.

That is so amazing that it is absolutely beyond my comprehension. The God who created everything desires a relationship with every single one of us. He doesn't need us for anything. He chooses to use us, but He doesn't have to. He loves us so much that He wants a personal relationship with us. Every time I try to wrap my mind around that, it just blows me away.

There is a Casting Crowns song that says:

How refreshing to know You don't need me
How amazing to find that You want me
So I'll stand on Your truth
And I'll fight with Your strength
Til You bring the victory
By the power of Christ in me

I love that first line also. How refreshing to know He doesn't need us. But so amazing to find that He wants us anyway.

I've been reading the book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. The book was written by Francis Chan and I love it. Be on the lookout, because I'll be giving away a copy on the blog! This was one of the paragraphs in the book I highlighted (consider this your book preview!):

     The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him- and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by.

Man that last part hit me hard. I thought to myself how many times do I try to figure out what I need to do just to get by. How many times do I read my Bible out of habit so I don't feel guilty instead of because I just can't put it down? How many times do I pray just enough to get by instead of praying with conviction?

I began to think of how many people and things I put ahead of God just today and my heart broke with each person or thing that I named off. This is another one of those quotes going on an index card for me to carry around--no I don't carry 100 around--I switch them up.

Painting :)
God doesn't need us, but we need Him. Yet, we continually push Him to the side. We will read our Bible later, and then we fall asleep. Or I'll read in the morning, but then you just can't wake yourself up in time. I'll pray when I go to bed, but you fall asleep two minutes in. I'll go to church next time, I'm busy today.

Why are we SO busy? We do so much to "keep up with Jones" but in doing that we neglect our entire purpose for being here: to serve Him.

We are so busy running here and there that we neglect a relationship with a perfect God--a relationship we don't deserve, but He graciously gives because He loves us--because He wants us.

My goal for the week? To work on my priorities. To eagerly seek Him and let everything else fall into place after that.

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