On the drive into work this morning, I came upon two ladies who were obviously trying to catch a lift.
Although, I would normally stop once my backseat was clear, I just wasn’t in the mood this morning.
Didn’t feel like company.
I wanted to be alone with my thoughts.
Didn’t feel like making conversation.
Now these were two Spanish-speaking ladies whom I’ve seen around and at least one of them I’ve given a lift to before.
Usually I would engage the person in a brief greeting and offer them a biblical tract in Spanish (invested in for that particular purpose).
But today, I drove by them, rationalizing to myself that they were probably going further than I was going, to the town. You could have given them a lift to as far as your workplace, I chastised myself. You’ve done that a million times. Despite my best efforts, my spirit didn’t feel convinced.
Nevertheless, I kept on driving and offered a half-hearted prayer that someone behind me would stop to give them a ride.
I say half-hearted because while I was genuine in my request, I could sense God asking, why not you. I also had a feeling that my prayer wasn’t going any higher than my car’s ceiling.
I couldn’t take it anymore.
I turned my car around and headed back in their direction. As I neared the spot, I could see that they were already gone.
Someone else had indeed given them a lift.
As I comforted myself with that, the thought came to me loud and clear. “God didn’t need you!”
Taken aback, my initial response was denial. Then it came again. “God doesn’t need you to accomplish His purpose. ”
But…but how is that possible, I wondered. Isn’t He waiting on us to complete The Mission?
Then I had to stop myself.
In my arrogance, I had deluded myself into thinking that the Creator of the universe needed me…needed us.
In Psalm 50:12 GNB God says, “For the world is mine, and all that is in it.”
This is God, who spoke and things came into existence.
God DOES NOT need us.
We NEED Him!
Somehow we have gotten it backward over the years.
We find it difficult to give up one day (Sabbath) when we wouldn’t have the other six without Him.
We find it difficult to return a tithe, when He is the one who actually provides for our necessities (and the job as well).
We find it difficult to make time to read His Word or to pray, yet He is the one who sustains us in all our “busyness”.
Think about it. Who benefits when we do these things? Is it God?
No! It is us.
Our faith is strengthened; our strength is renewed; our thankfulness overflows and our hearts are at peace.
So the next time you’re presented with an opportunity to do something for God (and that IS who you’re doing it for), don’t let it pass you by.
Let us count it as joy when God gives us the chance to work along with Him. “Do not forget to do good and to help one another, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.” Hebrews 13:16 GNT
Dear Heavenly Father, help us never to forget our need of you. Amen!