Sunday, 25 May 2014

Why We Worship 21




I am taking time each week to ask myself "Why we worship"



God does not need anything that we humans need to be able to live.


He does not need air, food, water or sleep.

               He doesn't need help or advice.

                              He doesn't need money.

                                             He doesn't even need us.







Isn't it marvellous that even though God does not need us, 





This verse above comes from the passage of Scripture where the Apostle Paul speaks to the people in Athens on Mars Hill.

Verses 22 - 31  cover it more fully.

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 
23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 
24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,
25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 
26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 
27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 
28 for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 
31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Paul was explaining that God doesn't need people to do things for Him, He has no need of anything but instead is the reason we all exist.  He cannot be imagined by us,  or completely understood by us however He has determined that He loves us and wants us to come through repentance of our sins to Him.  
God can do everything He needs or wants to do, through His knowledge and wisdom He is in control of all things.   
He lacks nothing.


When we know that God is Self-Sufficient and doesn't need us we can be encouraged because this shows us that He really cares for us.
When we know that God is self-Sufficient and hence is everything He needs to be we can also be encouraged because if he doesn't have to depend on anything or anyone then He truly is the only one we can put our full trust in.




11 comments:

  1. Hey Sandra I missed you on Sunday, I hope you are safe and well, see you on Sunday, tell Linda I really miss her and I will always be thinking of her

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    1. Hi Ashley, thanks it was a car problem but all fixed now.

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  2. Good thinking, good sharing. He's better than we are... and kindly He uses us, from now to heaven. All I can count on.

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    1. Hi again Caryjo, thank you for the encouragement

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  3. A beautiful mystery I still have yet to solve... why on earth He would want someone like me.
    Thank you so much for joining our little family at Recommendation Saturday!! <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

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  4. It *is* wonderful, Sandra! Thank you for sharing these thoughts today!

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  5. This is a concept that I often ponder-- God can do and have anything in this world (and beyond) yet He still choses to not only put up with us but love us through it! Too. Awesome.

    Thanks for sharing this over at #EverydayJesus. So glad you are part of our community, Sandra.

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  6. Oh, to be in right relationship with our Creator.

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