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Session 5


Read: Acts 17:24-25

“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.” Acts 17:24-25

We like to be needed. Sometimes we serve at church because we think we’re needed. From time to time church leaders might even mistakenly say, “We need you to serve.” Truthfully, our service is not needed in the church because God does not need our service. Hearing “You’re not needed,” might be a big shock. If we are not needed, why should we serve?

Wouldn’t it be something if the God of the Universe needed us? That might diminish His reputation a bit, don’t you think? Even if God were hungry or sleepy, do you think He would ask us for food or a place to rest His head? That would be like a parent asking their toddler for gas money. List all God’s accomplishments that are dependent on human intervention and you’ll have a fairly short list. Psalm 115:3 says, “Our God is in heaven, He does whatever pleases Him.” God is not in the business of needing anything from anyone. The amazing truth is that God doesn’t need us, but He chooses to work in and through us to accomplish His plans and purposes. We get to serve Him and see Him accomplish great things.

Why should we pray? Why should we serve? Why should we tell others about Jesus? Does God need us to do those things? No. But He has chosen to work out His plans and purposes through frail, fallible human beings so that in our weakness He can be shown as big and powerful as He really is. While all those plans and purposes are being accomplished, we get to share in the work of the Lord for our joy and satisfaction. What an amazing God!

Let our serving, praying and sharing overflow from thankfulness to our God who has chosen to include us in His plan.

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