“God needs us just as much as we need Him.” I made this statement to a Bible Study group my husband and I were leading a few years ago.
Immediately I could feel the hair bristling up on the neck of the woman seated to my left. She sat up straight in her chair and declared, “That’s sacrilegious! You can’t say that. God doesn’t need anything from us. He is sovereign. To say God needs me makes him less than all-powerful. It weakens him.”
I don’t like confrontation. So I queried her pious comment my customary: “Where’s that found in the Bible?”
By the time we were done with our discussion that day we were all happy. We agreed we had exposed another false religious belief, a lie. Those kind of lies that keeps good church-going people from really knowing God. I love when the truth gets revealed!
What’s truly amazing to me is that God loves human beings so much that He wants to include us in everything He does. In fact there’s not much He does without using humans.
God’s plan is to collaborate with us.
I’ve done a lot of collaborating on business projects throughout my 24 year career in network marketing. We have been blessed with “pinch-myself-is-this-a dream” kind of success. But there is nothing that I can point my finger to and say, “I did this one alone.”
Honestly, if you think about it – every successful thing in life is done by collaboration.
You might be thinking, I know I need God, but does God need me?
The answer is YES!
Let’s take a look at a few things that God did in collaboration with humans that couldn’t have happened otherwise.
Mary, the mother of Jesus collaborated with God big time. Can you imagine the scene? The angel Gabriel gently approaches Mary – trying not to startle the virgin teenager. He says, “Hello favored woman. The Lord is with you. You’ve been picked by God to have a baby boy and you will name Him, Jesus. He’ll be a King! The Holy Spirit will come upon you so the baby born to you will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God.”
Fortunately for us all, Mary agrees to God’s collaboration plan and replies, “I am the Lord’s servant,” and then, with words that resonated from the core of her being – “may everything you’ve said come true.”
Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Esther, Rahab, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the apostle Paul are just a few of the renown Bible names of ordinary people who collaborated with God to accomplish extraordinary things.
God has always worked through humans on earth to accomplish His plan. It’s how God set things up from the beginning. That’s why Jesus had to become human to fulfill the Fathers plan to redeem us.
I am so thankful that Jesus collaborated with the Father on our behalf! Aren’t you?
Now, Jesus invites us to collaborate to do the impossible.
When we do our part – believe His promises and trust Him – then He does His part – keep His promises. It’s a great arrangement. Together we create beautiful miracles.
Here’s some of the promises of the good things that happen when we collaborate with Him:
John 15:5 “I am the vine you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Matt. 19:26 “…with God all things are possible.”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you, be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Nature’s reminder – God needs us.
Think of it. The sunrise this morning was a collaboration between God, the fireball of a sun He created, the sky, and the rotation of the earth. But its the clouds that are the texture against the sky that gives the sun’s rays the opportunity to brag about their gorgeous pink, orange, golden and magenta hues. The sun can’t take all the credit, it was certainly a spectacular collaboration! It’s the same story at the close of every day.
It’s like seeing a miracle in the sky every morning and evening. I like to think of it as God’s reminder to me to collaborate with Him, so we can do great things together.
It’s human tendency to take off on your own. To operate on auto-pilot. To get all stressed out. Without thinking, we go into survival mode. Trying to solve problems on our own. Whether it is a parenting challenge with a strong-willed child, or a problem in business. An issue with an unexpected bill that drains your finances. A bad report from the doctor. God’s collaboration plan says that none of these things are meant to be handled alone.
We need God. “Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” it says in I peter 5:7.
But it’s a two-way street. God needs you.
He created you for a purpose. He put the specific gifts and abilities in you that would be necessary for you to accomplish the destiny He planned for you. In other words, He uploaded you with just the right software package to complete your mission!
About God’s plan for you, it says in Psalm 139:16, “You (God) saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book, every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (NLT)
God says to you today, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
So I want to encourage you, with every sunrise and sunset, be reminded that God is telling you to collaborate with Him. Relax! Trust Him. He believes in you – it’s your turn to trust and believe in Him.
Your Father wants you to win!
Don’t go it alone today – collaborate with your Partner. Then you’ll see great and mighty things happen in your world.
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