The Lord has need of you

Luke 19:31: If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.'”

God needs you to be at least two things for him: to be a witness and to be a worshipper.

While he was leaving the disciples after his resurrection, Jesus said he needed them to be witnesses for him (Acts 1:8). To show the world through words and deeds that they are his disciples, to represent him, be his mouth and hands, live his life. To be witnesses describes our relationship as Christ-followers to the world.

He also needs us to be worshippers. While talking with the Samaritan woman, Jesus said what God needs are worshippers (John 4:23-24), those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. Worshipping God describes all the aspects of your relationship with Him, which has to do with recognising who he is, in a one-on-one kind of relationship.

The Lord also needs your body. As it is written our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 3:16). We are in-dwelled by the Holy Spirit; because of his work on the earth, he needs those in whom to dwell. As such, we are enjoined not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), but to be filled and controlled by Him (Ephesians 5:18). We are shown the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16).

Just as that donkey was set apart to be ridden by Jesus (Luke 19:29-35), we are also sanctified to be used by the Holy Spirit. In Antioch, a group of people were fasting, praying and seeking God (fulfilling the need of God for worship in a collective sense [worship is focused on God, witness is focused on others]), the Holy Spirit said that he needs Paul and Barnabas to midwife the move of God among the gentiles (Acts 13:1-4).

He needed them for spiritual service. We are meant to be tools in the hand of God for use in transforming the earth. We are called to make ourselves available for God’s use. The heaven, it is written, is given to God and the earth he has given to the children of men (Psalm 115:16).

Therefore to reach the Ethiopian eunuch, an angel of God had to give directions to Philip to meet him (Acts 8:26-39). He needed him for that assignment.

To reach Cornelius and his household, God arranged for Peter to experience a trance and caused Cornelius to have an angelic visitation. Peter not the angel was the one who preached to the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:1-48).

It is the desire of God that no one perish by that all come to the knowledge of the truth (1Timothy 2:4), but how can they hear unless somebody preaches to them, how can they preach unless they are sent (Romans 10:13-15)? In the same vein, God needs you to reach the world, to minister the truth to someone somewhere.

Speaking to his disciples, Jesus disclosed to them, the need for labourers (Luke 10:2), revealing that another thing God needs are labourers, those who would work towards bringing people into His kingdom.

When I say the Lord has need of you, one example is of your time. If the whole twenty four hours in each of the seven days of a week are occupied with your own personal matters, without adding value to the kingdom of God, then there is something wrong. You need to make some adjustment.

All the above reflects that God needs us to be to be witnesses. However that is not all, he also need us to be worshippers. As I said before, to be a witness is to do something for God, while to be a worshipper is relating with God.

While Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman, he told him that God seeks those who would worship him in spirit and in truth; would relate with him based on his truth, and by his spirit within them.

This goes to show that God needs relationship. That was why he created man in his own image. That image got muddled up and he paid the ultimate price, giving up his Son to have that image restored. Through Jesus Christ, God now has lots of children. He wouldn’t sacrifice for children if he didn’t need them.

God also needs you to seek him. The psalmist reports that God looks across the world looking for someone who understands, who seeks God (Psalm 14:2). He seeks for those who seek him so that he can show himself strong on their behalf (2Chronicles 16:9), that he might manifest himself to them and through them.

God needs you to speak for him. He sent Moses to speak to Pharaoh, he sent the prophets of old to speak to the people. He spoke through Jesus Christ. The work that the Holy Spirit had for Paul and Barnabas was mostly about speaking, communicating truth. Peter said he and his group didn’t have an option but to stay with Jesus because they see that he has the words of eternal life (John 6:68). Jesus spoke the words of eternal life that is what He needs you to also do.

God needs your money. It is true. There are needs of people that your money can effectively meet, as an expression of the love of God to them. Allow God to move you to meet the physical needs of your neighbour. Someone asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?” He answered him by telling him the story of someone in need and that it was the person who took it upon himself to help even though it was not socially appropriate or logistically convenient (Luke 9:29-37), spending his money for added effect, that was the neighbour.

In another place Jesus was sharing his perspective with his disciples disclosing to them that what they do to meet the needs of others, they do it to him. He said “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty you gave me to drink, I was in prison you visited me;” that once they do it for others it is as good as meeting his own needs (Matthew 25:31-40). He needs you to do the same things and sometimes it involves expending money.

In summary, God needs your life. That is why Paul said that we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) and a lifetime commitment to him and his flow through us in a living, breathing expression of him son Jesus Christ. Let your life reflect the impact of his sacrifice; because God wants to show to the principalities and powers, His manifold wisdom of God through the church (Ephesians 3:10-11). He needs you to be all you can be for him, for you to be a show case to principalities and powers.

WordFromGod: Follow me and I will make you fishers of men

 

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