I was at a service. Free spirited, very indie like a lot of ubiquitously admired church movements of our generation.
But someone said something on the mic that was terribly exposing.
“I can hear God saying: I need you“
In specific, “there are places where I need and have use of you.” I was coincidentally stricken with a head-ache that persisted throughout the night.
I tell you all today that the empire of the enemy is built on half truths. Now do I think the church I was visiting is the seat of Satan?.. relax .. no. But in what will merit discussion another day, it is paramount that the church pray for discernment in these times. daily.
Peter was close to Jesus, but Jesus rebuked him as the Satan when Peter spoke strongly against the Lord’s need to be given up unto death. “Get thee behind me Satan..” My point: its possible to give voice to the enemy without our notice.
What need does a Potter have of a clay vessel? What part of the house sustains the Architect? The Author profits from the novel, but would he starve in its absence? when He could just write another?
God saying “I need you.” ? Sorry brother, you’re not talking in the Spirit, not the Holy One at least.
In my lack of relationship with God in the beginnings of my faith, it was easy to appoint God as the Chess Player of the cosmos. Distant, impersonal; each of us pawns, every piece the demonstration of divine strategy. But to the Player, the Queen is invaluable, her strength unrivaled on the board and irreplaceable (without sacrifice and resurrection).
Enter Esther. It’s a seemingly irrelevant book at first glance, at least for spiritual maturity. Its inclusion in the canon almost undoubtedly for historical record. But in the rough, Mordecai uncovers a diamond of wisdom.
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Queen Esther finds herself in strange circumstances. The Persian King favors her and, by word of advisors, plans to genocide the Jewish nation whom the Persians have consumed in captivity. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, pleads with her to give voice to Israel and contend on behalf of God’s people.
Without telling the whole story, my point of emphasis is Mordecai’s response to Esther’s fear of the repercussions of speaking to the king without summons.
If you decide to do nothing, don’t even sweat it. Help WILL arise from elsewhere.
Although you may have been created and positioned with purpose,
God’s plans go on with or without you.
You are not needed Esther.
You can win at chess without the queen, even with just pawns however unlikely that may be. The Chess Player analogy has only gotten sillier on my walk with Christ because as invested as you may be in a game, no one becomes a piece to fight the battle on behalf of the pieces. Never. But I digress,
with or without us the Word of God will find fruition. That is the nature of reality, the One Relative Law of Spirit and Matter. As above so below the mystics call it.
God has no need of us but this only magnifies the intensity of His love, showcases the extravagance of His passion; that the shepherd of a hundred sheep would seek the one that went astray. Having no NEED of the one, He desires the one. It is His good pleasure to delight in the one saved.
It was prophecy that Jesus would enter Jerusalem on a donkey heralded by shouts of praise and welcome. It was spoken so and must be fulfilled (Psalms 118 & Zechariah 9)
So when the disciples tried to quiet the crowd Jesus tells them, if the crowd was silent, the rocks would cry out in praise (Luke 19:40). “Because I have spoken it, it will be done” says the Author. Yet, the Needless One has chosen the needy to fulfill His purposes..
He is independent of us, but it pleased the Potter to make us vessels that honor Him. To be the masterpieces of His artful hands. In His image glorifying the Name of the Artist.
And I could live with that.
God, You don’t need us. Self-sufficient and self-existent You have adopted us into Your kingdom reign. “Thank you” fails the gratitude of this little pitter-patter heart. Though I was at odds against You, You strove for me still. Today, in joyful submission, I waiver all glory I could seemingly merit to You, its rightful place.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
– Psalms 8