Sunday, June 25, 2017

God Needs You

Occasionally I hear believers say, “God doesn't need us…we need Him.” Of course, I agree with the latter part of that statement but have to take issue with the first part.

Throughout the Bible, God used man to help accomplish His plans and purposes. What if Noah had refused to build the ark? Except for animals that live in the sea, all of creation would have perished in the flood. 

What if Moses didn’t go before Pharaoh and told him to let his people go? The Israelites might have stayed in captivity longer until God raised up someone else to be the deliverer. In fact, Moses killing an Egyptian in Exodus 2:12 and then going into exile delayed Israel’s time of deliverance. Instead of 400 years as originally prophesied in Genesis 15:13, Egypt’s affliction upon Israel lasted 430 years.

Look at this passage in Ezekiel 22…

30 “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. 
31 Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.

God desired not to bring judgment upon Jerusalem but did so because there was no intercessor willing to mediate between Him and man. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah might have been spared had Abraham continued interceding instead of stopping at ten righteous men (Genesis 18:22).

When Jesus gave the Great Commission, He delegated authority to us…the church. Through dreams and visions, some individuals have received the truth about Jesus like what happened to Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road. Nevertheless, the gospel will not be preached throughout the whole world without man’s cooperation. Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Some events such as the Second Coming will come to pass regardless of our individual actions. Until then, the Lord is calling people to enlist in His army to be His hands and feet as well as His mouthpiece. Will you answer the call?

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” - Matthew 22:14

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