Have You Ever Felt Unneeded?

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With all that is going on in the world today, it is natural that most of us occasionally feel depressed. We see so many evils all around us and there is a sense of helplessness. At times, we might even feel unneeded. Have you ever felt that way? I know that I certainly have.

There are times when I think to myself that if something happened to me, it wouldn’t make a difference to anyone. Oh, I know that my wife and kids would miss me, but I occasionally ask myself if I make a difference.

What does the bible say about that, though? For sure, God is so big and so great, and we are so small and insignificant that there is a predisposition to feel that God doesn’t need any one of us. From a purely logical standpoint, that may be true, however in another way it isn’t.

If a mother or father questions whether they ‘need’ any of their children, the conclusion is likely to be that in the strictest sense, they don’t. However, without their kids, they lose a great deal of their own identity and who they are. Good parents know this instinctively, so if you actually asked them if they need their children, they’ll probably say, “Yes”, without hesitation. This feeling is true of everyone and not just those who have children, but the truth is that everyone we interact with has an impact on us. Those whom we care about have an even more profound impact than those we meet in day to day life.

Just from that aspect, it isn’t hard to see that we are important to other people, even when we don’t realize it. Our family, friends and even acquaintances need us in ways we will never totally fathom and it is likely that they won’t, either. However, it goes much deeper than this.

Does God need you? To answer this, another question might be, “What is the bible about?” Stay with me, because the questions are related.

Certainly the bible is about Jesus, but more expansively, it is about God’s plans for his kingdom and his children. It is devoted to telling us how to live and what is expected of us. It is also filled with the hope and promise of redemption and the fullness of life. The bible contains standards by which we should live and it holds truths and wisdom that are staggering. A large part of the bible deals with the good news or gospel.

In fact, there are about 807,000 words in the bible, in over 31,000 verses. All those words are for you and me, not for God. God is our father and we are heirs to his kingdom, so naturally we are loved by Him, we are important to Him and we are needed by Him. Otherwise, the bible wouldn’t be needed and wouldn’t have been written.

We are needed in another way, too. While the bible is about God’s plans, at best we only get snippets of those plans. We haven’t the capacity to grasp the fullness of what He has planned. There are some things we do know, though, and this is expressed over and over, throughout the bible; God has a plan for each of us and what we do brings other pieces of the picture into play.

Thinking of this, it isn’t hard to see that we are needed. Each of us is an important part of that plan, though we don’t know in what ways we are important. We each play our part. We also know that as a good Dad, God loves us all and He wants as many of us as possible to enjoy His kingdom. What we think, do, say; in other words our ‘works’, are the means to bring more of God’s kids to his kingdom. We can’t understand the ways, but understanding isn’t important as long as we accept and have faith. The staggering truth is that God needs every one of us.

Next time you begin to wonder if you are needed and if you make a difference, pray to our heavenly Dad, asking him for enlightenment. It doesn’t take much, but you are quite likely to get an answer that will show you that you are indeed needed and that you can and do make a difference.

Praises to our heavenly Abba!


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Have You Ever Questioned Faith?

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In today’s world, with wickedness and sin being so rampant and the works of the deceiver being obvious practically every time we step out our door or turn on the TV, it is natural that we often find our faith tested. We see bad things happening to good people and evil people seem to have a pass that gets them apparently ahead. However, have you ever stopped to question faith and consider what it is?

One of the best dictionary definitions I’ve seen for faith is that it is a strong, unshakable belief in something. Too often, though, people think of faith as an object or noun and not as an action or verb. People who struggle with their faith are often guilty of this and I personally have been.

When faith is an object, it becomes easy to lose faith. But notice that Jesus never told us to simply have faith. He put it in a different way.

Have faith in God, Jesus said to them [the apostles]. Mark 11:22

Look closely at this simple scripture. In the instruction of Jesus, He is clearly defining the object as God, not faith. In other words, we are not told to have faith for faith’s sake, but rather to have faith in God, from whom all good things come.

When we begin to feel our faith tested, the most common response for even devote Christians is to believe that they must somehow stir up their faith. By thinking this way, faith becomes the object!

Faith as the object cannot stand. When faith becomes the object, doubt can overpower the faith. Think about that for a moment.

In Matthew 14, with the disciples in the boat during a storm, Jesus walks to them over the water and Peter asks if he can walk to meet him. This was an act of faith. It was faith in Jesus and in God. When the waves picked up, though, Peter began to question his action. He began to sink. Jesus reached out, took his hand and prevented him from sinking. Jesus was restoring the object of Peter’s faith, he wasn’t restoring Peter’s faith in and of itself.

Jesus recognized how the object had changed in Peter’s heart and gently admonished him, too.

Matthew 14:31 – Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?

So what should you do when your faith is tested and you find yourself faltering? Put the object squarely back on God. Pray to Him, let him know the difficulties you are facing and what you are feeling. Then put it all in His hands and relax. Nothing is impossible for God and you already know that He’s never let you down, so there is no reason he will suddenly do so.

By doing this, God again becomes the object of your faith. Faith then becomes a positive action. There is a requirement, though. You must pray. Still, by doing so, you are doing exactly what Jesus told us to do, to have faith IN GOD.

Isn’t it wonderful to have a loving Dad we can go to in prayer, knowing that He will not forsake us? He loves us and wants to hear from us. Surely that is not to much to ask. The more we pray and the more we focus on God as the object of our faith, the easier it becomes to have a strong, unshakable belief.

Praise be to our holy Abba. Thanks for being there, Dad!


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Do You Really Know Who God Is?

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Many people, even those who aren’t Christians, know that God created everything. There isn’t much question about this. So we know that God is extremely powerful. The bible says that He created the universe with a mere breath. Considering how immense the universe is, this also means that God is huge. However, these are just attributes of God. Do you really know who He is? You most definitely should, particularly if you are a Christian. Let me explain why.

People often think of God and a king, sitting on a throne like a tyrannical judge just waiting for people to do something wrong so He can punish them. He indeed is the king. But what picture does this conjure up in your mind? The most common thought, in this context, is that God is a being that demands total obedience, at all times. The thought is that He is the punisher, the master, and that we are mere slaves to His every whim. In some ways, this might not be totally inaccurate, however what would you think or say if I said that this isn’t who God is? No, I don’t have some divine wisdom that the rest of humanity lacks, and no, I don’t have some hidden insight into who God is.

The answer to who God is can be found in the bible.

If I asked who Jesus is, most people would probably have a firmer grasp on the answer. Jesus helped those in need, corrected people when needed and always in a kind spirited way and was a servant to others. He served in every way that could be imagined. Though he is the Lord, he showed time and again that he lived to serve and was totally humble. He preached that we should all serve. His words in Mark 9:35 are representative of how he lived his human life:

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Jesus exemplified love on a scale that should leave us all in awe. In fact, the only time he showed anger was when words and actions demeaned God and the kingdom of God. His love and kindness was not only phenomenal at all times, but he also ministered to the sinners, not just to the righteous. Many times, his focus on helping wicked people who had turned away from God left the apostles puzzled. He clearly knew that the sinners and wicked people were the most in need of salvation. Through it all, he showed love toward all people and he put others before himself, just as the bible teaches; love your neighbor as yourself.

What does all of this have to do with knowing who God is? I’ll submit to you that if you know who Jesus is, you know who God is. Why can I say that with such conviction? Jesus said it better than I ever could:

If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now you do know Him and have seen Him.John 14:7

You see, in order to know who God really is, we need but to learn and study who Jesus is. He came to allow salvation, though not one of us deserves it. God didn’t have to allow his Son to die to give us salvation because we are all sinners. However, Jesus also came for the express reason of letting people know who God is. All of his words and actions were in direct accord with God’s will. Thus, God isn’t just the creator and He isn’t a tyrant. Jesus showed that God is love (1 John 4:8) and that all the good things we have and see are from God. God is goodness, kindness, a dear friend, a loving father and a servant to all.

The staggering part of all of this is that once you grasp it; that Jesus showed by example exactly who God is, there is another revelation that is as clear as glass. Just as God is everything that is good, anything that isn’t good also isn’t God or from God. That puts things in proper perspective, don’t you think? If you look at all the evil in the world, it is no wonder why lovers of the world are enemies of God, as the bible puts it. Personally, I find this all quite uplifting. God loves you, wants the best for you and wants to help you to have happiness and joy. He can and does go out of his way to help you and all you have to do is to open the door and let Jesus in. Each of us has the power to open our own door. Jesus is standing right on the other side, waiting to be let in.

Is God good, or what?


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