“Prayer involves transformed passions. In prayer, real prayer, we begin to think God’s thoughts after Him: to desire the things He desires, to love the things He loves, to will the things He wills.” -Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
I know it’s the Thanksgiving season, and it would be highly appropriate to insert a quote about gratitude, but what better way to show God thanks than to spend a little extra time with Him over the break? To be like Christ is what we, as Christians, ought to be striving for, and readings like these are good for meditating on this truth, and then practicing it by being in God’s presence.
I read in an article a few weeks ago about Christians sharing in the suffering of Christ, as well as in His joy. It was a fascinating article, and I hope to discuss more about it at another time. For now, I want to share a comment the author made in passing about the Trinity that really stuck out to me. The essence of this comment was that God, being the three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) has no need of us for relationship, because He is relationally fulfilled within Himself.
Think about this for a minute. God does not need us. God doesn’t need me. He doesn’t need you.
As people, many of us find value in being needed by others. Admit it, when a friend or loved one says to us, “I need your help,” we feel pretty good about ourselves. We are needed. We matter. We are valuable because we are needed. There is merit in being needed.
But God doesn’t need us. He wants us. He didn’t go through all this trouble of dying to save us from our sins because he needed us for fulfillment or to accomplish something. I mean let’s get real, He’s the God of the universe, He’s pretty capable. No, the God of all things came in human form, lived the physical life we live everyday, endured suffering, died on the cross in our place, to free us from our own sin so that we could be free to enjoy a relationship with Him forever because He wanted us that bad!
That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. God’s desire is for all humankind, on a personal and corporate level. He wants us! (see 2 Peter 3:9)
Sometimes it feels good to be needed, but to simply be wanted is so much better!