You Don’t Need God

Every once in a while I hear someone say, “I can’t do anything without God.”  I used to believe them.

I grew up in the church.  I went to Bible College.  I have been in full-time ministry.  I know how things work, or at least how they are supposed to look.  I have been to the right meetings, I have said the right things and I have smiled just the way I was supposed to.  I have very convincingly done the ‘Christian thing’ while feeling dead inside.  Leaning on past experiences I have been able to pull off ‘good Christian ministry’ by simply following the blueprint like a paint-by-number picture.  In short, I have faked it.  With a sincerely ashamed heart, I can tell you from personal experience that you do not need God to ‘get by’.  You don’t even need Him to accomplish some pretty impressive ‘Christian’ work.  In His mercy God may even use you.

When the people of Israel were dying of thirst, Moses ignored God’s instructions and took matters into his own hands.  He struck a rock with his staff (against God’s directions) and water miraculously flowed out to the people.  Moses had ‘done it that way before’ and didn’t need God to get some significant results.  The people must have been impressed.  But God wasn’t, and it cost Moses greatly, changing his destiny.

I can do plenty without God.  I don’t want to.  You see, I have walked with God.  I have confessed my great need to have Him involved in every aspect of my life.  I have placed my whole self at His feet and cried out in desperation for Him to take the controls.  I know that I can stumble through life without relying on Him, but after tasting the sweetness that comes when I place my life in His hands, why would I ever want to?  He is where I find meaning.  With Him my life makes sense.  My potential can only really be met when I fall to my knees and admit that He is my Everything.  I don’t need God.  But if I want to make my life really count; if I want to build a legacy of life; if I want to know what it is to find my ‘home’, then I desperately need Him.

I must choose how I will build with my life.  I can build my life using the ‘wood, hay and straw’ of my own efforts and watch it all burn.  Or I can build with the ‘gold, silver and precious stones’ that the Father provides and see my life become only more beautiful when it is inevitably tested.  I can choose to live obeying and relying on God, or I can go it alone.  I can fake it and feel like a fraud, or I can admit that I need help and discover the freedom that comes when I take the hand of Jesus.

Have you been living as though you don’t need God?  Aren’t you tired?  Maybe it’s time to admit it and stop the façade.

You don’t need God.  But you were built to walk with Him.

 

Comments

Posted On
Aug 10, 2011
Posted By
Gavin Cargill

Another great article Tim!
Reminds me of Oswald Chambers recollections after spending a night in prayer wrestling with his call to be a Bible teacher or an Architect on Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh. 
As he went home he sensed the audible voice of God saying ‘I WANT you in my service but I don’t NEED you!’ 
Now there’s a thought!

Posted On
Aug 10, 2011
Posted By
mark borzel

I grew up outside the church, I’ve never gone to Bible school. I’ve never been in any formal ministry. Yet, I’ve been an empty Christian, too. I’ve got to the point of wondering what the point of the “Christian” life was — it can be as void as a “secular” life, and if one is living by “principles”, one cannot even enjoy life as much as a “secular” can (and this is the definition and demonstration of “religion”). I’ve been doing a lot of “un-learning” of what is expected of a “Christian”. For an independent person, it can be very hard to live a dependent life; it can be harder still to admit that one must be dependent.

But, as Romans 12:2 says, we must “…be changed by the renewing of our minds…” (KJV). The key word here is “of”. We don’t do the renewing/changing. It is done FOR us. And once that change begins, it becomes easier to become childlike and be dependent. And, unfortunately for me, it’s not a one-time thing. But knowing that I cannot disappoint God, and that He has my best at heart, makes it easier to trust and just be.

And in doing so, we throw off the shackles of “religion” and “expectation”, and we begin to live free — as we were designed to do!

Posted On
Oct 23, 2011
Posted By
Carmen

It’s so true! I believe many christians are discovering this, but it’s been at the cost of much personal chaos in their lives, and the life of the church in general. When we read our bibles and know something is still wrong, regardless of how heavily involved we are – it makes one stop and consider. I’ve certainly been there! One thing I know without a doubt, is that God is faithful and I need Him more than anything else. After all these years I feel like I’m finally just starting to get it, and yes, it’s very freeing!!

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