God doesn’t need me. But He wants me.
I used to think God needed me.
Maybe, I’m the only one… or maybe I’m not, but when I prayed when I was younger I would try to barter with God.
“Hey God, if life could go my way and my parents agree to get a puppy I promise I’ll build churches.”
That was actually a prayer I said…
But God doesn’t work that way. Because God doesn’t need us. He wants to loves us and work for our good. But the gospel was never about what WE can do. Praying was never meant to be a trade. The gospel is about what HE can do. If we are looking at this realistically, God is way out of our league.
We all know one girl who is with a not-so-nice guy. No matter how rude he is, and how sweet her soul seems, they still are together. She is way out of his league, and he offers nothing in the relationship. Yet she never leaves his side.
OKAY. Now imagine that times infinity. Imagine a guy who died for someone because of someone else’s mistakes. How unfair is that? That while she was guilty, He suffered the most painful death?
See, God doesn’t need you. However, God wants you. Despite your brokenness, flaws, and being prone to wander… He wants you.
He picks you. He wants you. He loves you.
THIS IS EVEN BETTER THAN ANY LOVE STORY IN GREY’S ANATOMY.
He wants to not just be in relationship with you… but He also wants to use you. Use you to build the Kingdom, spread His love, and be a living testament of His great love.
What an honor.
I don’t deserve this job title of being a disciple. Reality is, if I submitted my cover letter to someone who claims to be the “Creator of the whole world”, they should probably say no to me. A woman who has a tendency to eat too many Olive Garden bread sticks and didn’t know how to tie her shoe till the fifth grade. A woman who used to go out too much and used to stare in the mirror and insult one of God’s favorite masterpieces.
My resume isn’t shaped to be a Kingdom builder… but luckily God gives me the abilities, opportunities, and joy needed to be one. He gives me the full-time job when I only deserved the unpaid internship that probably won’t get me anywhere big.
One of my favorite stories in the bible is Esther. I could go on and on but will summarize it real quick… a Jewish woman who was beautiful inside and out was made queen because she married royalty. Some annoying dude tried to kill this woman’s family and all the Jewish people in the Kingdom by tricking her husband. She had an opportunity to save the Jews and allow God to use her position to build His Kingdom. She wasn’t perfect, she wasn’t flawless, but she was there for a purpose. And God used her and spoiler alert: SHE SAVED THE PEOPLE.
But the best part comes from this:
Take extra note of the part where it says, “arise from another place”. Basically, what her family member was saying was…
“Hey girl, you have the opportunity to save God’s people. This could be your purpose. But God’s going to save the people in His timing. God will prevail. Deliverance will come. But what if you used this opportunity given by Him? What if this is why He put you on the earth?”
Cool in a humbling way.
God will deliver this world. God will win. The question is not “how will the story end?” The question is “will you be apart of this story?”
So, friend, will you? Are you going to seize your everyday and accept the job you don’t deserve to be a Kingdom builder? You have the opportunity. God picked you. God chooses you. And God loves you.
He doesn’t need you. He’s going to win whether you are on His team or not. But maybe that makes His love sweeter. That although we offer nothing, He gives us everything.
God’s going to win and I’m proud to be on His team.
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