We are praying through the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.” It’s time to think about how we fit in relationship to the Person of God.
When I was a young and very successful television advertising executive, I told my boss that I thought I was irreplaceable to the organization I worked for. I will never forget his smile as he kindly looked at me. He took a glass of water and asked me to watch as he placed his finger in up to the second knuckle. Then, as I was watching, he quickly removed his finger from the water. He smiled again and said, “do you see the hole my finger left in the water when I took it out? That’s the same size hole you’ll leave if you leave the organization. We’ll miss you, but you’ll be instantly replaced.” My boss was not so subtly telling me that no one is irreplaceable.
Sometimes as we go through our lives as believers in Jesus, we start to think of ourselves more highly than we should. It’s easy to start to think that we’re doing God a big favor when we obey His commands. We start to believe He is really lucky to have us in the faith. Really?
Take care that that attitude hasn’t invaded your relationship with the Lord.
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is self-sufficient.
All things are God’s to give, and all that is given is given by Him. He can receive nothing that He has not already given us.
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Acts 17:24–28
Right before you go to the Lord in prayer stop for a moment and think through some very significant questions.
Does God need my worship? Am I doing Him a favor by going to church?
Does God need my prayers? Are my prayers for His benefit?
Does God need my company? If I should withdraw from Him, is He shattered?
Does God need my love? Which one of us benefits from our love relationship?
Does God need my service? Without my efforts in ministering does His message fail?
Does God need my money? Can I give Him anything that He hasn’t given me first?
All these questions should lead us to one indisputable truth. We need God – He doesn’t need us. He allows us to worship, pray, and even love in order to bless us. We share in His blessing whenever we are faithful in these simple acts of relationship. We are blessed when God allows us to be used to share His message of love, mercy, and grace. The Lord even allows us to participate in ministry by our efforts and finances, not because the ministry would stop without our efforts or money, but because He wants to bless our faithfulness in these, our loving gifts to Him.
“But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
Without God, we are nothing. Without us, God is still God.
“But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’ Daniel 4:34–35
Think about it.