My friends, we worship a God who wants us, not a God who needs us. Does that statement surprise you, frustrate you, or make you uncomfortable? If so, that’s okay. It’s natural to desire to be important and you are important, but maybe not in the way you think. You and I are important because we are loved, valued and desired by the one and only almighty creator of the universe. In Him is where our value is, in His love, not in our strength or ability. The fact that He values us is what makes us valuable.
God is fully sovereign, and fully able. He will fulfill His purposes in heaven and on earth with or without us. That said, every one of us have a beautiful and amazing opportunity to participate in God’s plans, but make no mistake about it, He will accomplish His purposes either with us, or around us, or right over our heads. We are not a key that unlocks or enables God to do anything. It is clear as day throughout the Bible that God desires us, and He intends for us to grow personally as He works His will through us, but in no way does he need us.
God’s love for us is understood so much more impactfully when we realize that we can’t do anything for Him, we are wanted, desired, right now as we are, not after we do something, or because we do something for God. The truth is exactly the opposite, we don’t earn God’s love, He earned ours when He sacrificed His only son to pay my penalty and yours. To me, a God who loves me now, rather than later after I earn it, is so much better than a God who needs me to be better, do better, or try harder in order for His will to be done, or his relationship with me to begin.
“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan” (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).
What are you worth? You are worth the price of Jesus Christ! We have a God who wants us, and that’s a lot of want! Our sovereign God isn’t messing around, He wants you so much that He made Himself flesh, lived a sinless life as a man on your behalf, and took your punishment upon Himself all the way to the grave. Every mistake, every cross word, every sin of every kind, the ones we’ve done and the ones we’ve yet to do are in that grave, right where He left them.
Instead of going to an eternal grave with our errors we can now live an eternal life with Him, but more than that, for those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior, He makes us heirs. Children, heirs, indeed co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). So what’s Christ’s inheritance that He offers to share with you? It is every single thing!
No, you are not needed by God, but you are wanted. And you are valued. Your value to the creator is literally everything. God says you are worth it all. Next time the world tells you that you’re not wanted or that you don’t have value, look up at the sky, look at all creation and see your value, see that you have a God who wants you!
Jeff Hubrich is the Grantsville campus pastor for Lakeview Church of Stansbury Park.