Knowledge of the Holy: part 5

“Probably the hardest thought for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help” (34).

God is completely self-sufficient.  As creatures, we need a Creator.  As Creator, He needs nothing.  We were created at His pleasure, not out of need.  How difficult it is for us to consider that, when all is said and done, we can add nothing to God, that His existence does not depend on our proofs.  Quite simply: HE IS.

There have been times in church history, when God’s self-sufficiency has been used as an excuse to neglect our duties as his creatures, to neglect the Great Commission and the Great Commandments.  However, the fact that God does not need us, does not preclude his desire for us, or his desire to work with us.  In a limited way, it is much like the father who allows his son to help him in the workshop.  He doesn’t need his son’s help, indeed in some cases that “help” is actually a hinderance. Yet he desires to be with his son, to teach his son how to build and create things with his own hands.

The major limit of this analogy, though, is the desired end.  As a parent, we teach our children in order to promote their independence from us.  God the Father, however, would seem to allow us to work with him, to teach us his ways, precisely to promote our dependence upon him.  As he begins to reveal to us his thoughts and plans, we come to realize that we cannot begin to execute them on our own.

The self-sufficiency of God does not diminish our importance to him.  Rather, it should teach us something about what we value as important.  Too often we define importance in a utilitarian manner.  What is important is useful.  Consequently if something is not useful, it cannot be important.  Yet God the Son died a heinous death for each of us, knowing that we could offer nothing of real use in return.  We are important to God because we are his.  We are valuable to God because he made us, because he loves us.  In this, we should find comfort and relief.  We needn’t strive to be “useful” to God the Father, but rather to be with him, to be in his workshop learning all that he desires to teach us.


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