He Doesn't Need Me

“Erin, God doesn’t need you.” That is an infamous line that my mother has used to bring me back to reality many times. How true that is! There are over 7 billion people on earth… 7 billion! I am quite sure my simple mind cannot even begin to grasp the magnitude of that number, but I think it is safe to say that there are plenty of people for God to use to accomplish his purposes and good works.

God’s work is not man working for God; it is God’s own work, though often wrought through man’s hands.
— J. Hudson Taylor

So, allow me rephrase that. “God doesn’t need me, but he uses me anyway!” The reason that I have been saved from the clutches of hell is to glorify the one that saved me. His glory is revealed through me when I walk with Him while completing the good works before me.

Ephesians 2 : 10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Bear with me for a minute. Let’s picture God as the builder of a mansion. He had the blueprint for that incredible structure before the earth was even formed. He is strong enough and talented enough to build that awesome house all by himself. I mean, he created the universe with simple words! But for this mansion he chooses to use tools. We are those tools, and broken tools at that. The thing is that the mansion will be built with or without us. If the hammer is not available for use than he will grab something else because you see, when God plans to build something it will be built.

Philippians 1 : 5-6
Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it
on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Anything good done by anyone was planned beforehand by God and was brought to completion because of Him. Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.… All tools in the great builder’s tool belt. We must be careful not to worship creation over the creator. It is not about the tools or even the mansion. It is about God.

These verses in Ephesians and Philippians are incredibly humbling. I am created, which I had no part in. I have good works set before me, which are not of my choosing but I get to play a part in completing. Even though I am a chipped, worn out, broken tool, only in the hands of my creator and the Master Builder can I truly see my use. 

Erin H.