God Doesn’t Need Me

In December 1993 Jennifer and I with a group of college students in Gatlinburg, TN.

In December 1993, Jennifer and I are with a group of college students in Gatlinburg, TN.

When I was young, single and serving God in my first few years of full-time ministry (I.e. 22-24 years old), I felt invincible. I remember thinking to myself that God would never allow anything to happen to me, because He needed me to fulfill His purposes on earth. I thought I was one of His key players in ministry.

As I grew spiritually and matured, I realized that God really didn’t need me. He was so much bigger than me. He was going to fulfill His purposes and plan whether I was a part of them or not. God doesn’t need me, but He gives me the privilege and opportunity to be a part of something that is so much bigger than myself. It’s an honor and a joy to serve God and play a small role in building His church and expanding His kingdom around the world.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:24-28

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