PTP2015 – Reed Swindle – God Doesn't Need You

In my life, I have been told,
– We are God’s hands- We are God’s mouthpiece

This is a mistake.  I have nothing that I can give to God.  Everything that I can offer to God is what I have been given by Him.

I am entirely inadequate, I have absolutely nothing to give to God that God doesn’t already have.

If I choose to live for Him, then that is to my benefit, not His.

If I choose to rebel from Him and turn away, that it to my detriment, but God is still God.

If God wanted all the world to know something, then He doesn’t need me to tell them.

I cannot affect God’s power, no influence to affect His actions, though when I pray He will answer those prayers.

Acts 17 – Mars Hill – 25ft tall and 45 ft long – a big huge rock, and over your shoulder, the acropolis and the parthenon. Look down and you see the town.

Acts 16 – Paul got the Macedonian call.

He was there for 3-6 weeks and then was gone.

He was run out of town by the mob.  (probably a hired mob).

He went to Berea. Acts 17:6-10.

He ends up in Athens. Alone.  Chased.  He sees all the monuments to the Gods of the sun, the moon, the water, fertility.

Acts 17:16-17

These people were religious and interested in theology.

Vs. 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.

(Acts 17:25 ESV)

God doesn’t need me!  He doesn’t need anything.

Matthew 3 – Description of John the Baptist

Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

(Matthew 3:5-10 ESV)

He knew they were going to pull out their genealogy!

“He Doesn’t NEED YOU!”

Luke 19:

Background of Jesus coming into the city.

As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

(Luke 19:37-40 ESV)

God has given me my abilities, and He can give them to any other.

This statement, though it is very true is also very negative.  But let me tell you the greatest part of the whole thing…

He doesn’t need you… But He wants you…

The God of the Universe that can breathe and make worlds come together doesn’t need me, but see Acts 17:24

nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 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, 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,

(Acts 17:25-27 ESV)

What God wants is for me to FIND HIM.

The terminology in verse 27 – grope – concept is a dark room with no windows, no doors, only blackness.  Our eyes covered and darkened in dark room.  We’re hopeless and helpless, and God is in the room as close to us as we possible can.  We’ve separated ourselves from him and placed ourselves into darkness through sin, but He wants us to reach out and find Him.

Hebrews 10:

Hebrews is written to 2nd generation Christians in Jerusalem.  Their assumption was that as time went on, then Christianity would take over and the Jewish religion would go away and every year they would question themselves, “have I done the right thing?”

Jesus is better than the prophets

Jesus is better than the angels

Jesus made himself lower than the angels

Jesus is better than Moses–he’s a man that is better than your best man.

Jesus has a better rest.

Jesus is a better High Priest / Mediator.

The high priest was still being seen working at the temple standing between God and man.

The man who doesn’t need you. The God who does not need you sent His son to be Your High Priest.

Jesus says, “I know what that feels like.”

Forgiveness. Ch. 9

The God who does not need me, wants me, wants me to find him, but he also wants me to find Him a specific way.

Hebrews 10

1-4

nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 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, 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,

(Acts 17:25-27 ESV)

11-14

And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

(Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV)

A God who is all-powerful and everywhere is also Omni-Benevolent.

God wants to look at you and see only perfection.

What do I have to offer God but a broken weak ME that I have messed up, but God wants to forget the broken part and complete me and only see that PERFECT–the best part of–me!

John 14

Mansion = term = House = Rooms!

God doesn’t need you, but He wants you and He wants you to Find Him and when you Find Him, He wants to see only the Best of you, Perfection, and He says He wants you to live IN HIS HOUSE… not some place separated from Him.

 

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