WHAT GOD NEEDS Andy Hollifield 3-16-19
Luke 19:34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him. (KJV)
It is said that during The War Of 1812, a meatpacker named Samuel Wilson provided meat for the American soldiers. There was a requirement at that time for contractors to stamp their name and where the food was coming from on all the rations they provided. This story is legend as to the origin of the character Uncle Sam. The initials of the character match the initials of the country; US. One of the popular slogans recruiting soldiers at the time showed this character in stars and stripes garb pointing his index finger straight toward the one viewing the poster with the slogan: “Uncle Sam needs you.”
The same can be said of you and I when it comes to living for the Lord. I have preached this wrong for years. I have always preached that God didn’t need us but we needed him. That is correct in a manner of speaking. God is still God with or without us but without him, we are lost without hope. As a matter of general service, we are the hands and feet of God. Now, just to keep us humble let me mention this: The bible tells us in three places that the Lord needed “a colt, the foal of an ass.” But you don’t find in those words where he has need of us. God did tell Ananias that Saul was a chosen vessel unto him. If we have been born again and he is our Savior, it is because we are a chosen vessel unto him and he has work for us to do. Jesus told the Pharisees that when it came to worship and praise in Luke 19:40; that if the disciples “should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” We can be replaced with a rock but Jesus needed a donkey; that will put us right in our place doesn’t it?
The fact is that God does need us. He could do without us but he chooses to use us. As a matter of fact, not only does he use us but before he ascended back to heaven after his resurrection, he gave us the most important job in the world; His! Jesus spoke in at least two places proclaiming that himself to be “the light of the world.” In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus declared us to be two different things. In verse 13 he said we were “the salt of the earth” and in verse 14 he said we are “the light of the world.” It is a great honor for the Lord to choose us as his replacement to continue his earthly ministry in leading lost souls to him. He even told us how to do his job. In verse 13 he says in so many words that we will be useless if we lose our savor and can’t season the earth. In verse 16 he said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” All of his works while he was on the earth were done to glorify the Father and accomplish his will. If we are going to please him, we must conduct ourselves as he did, or simply put: Be a Christian.
In John 12:32 Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” He was lifted up on Calvary by you and I as the sacrifice for our sins and now he needs us to lift him up as the Savior of the world. He didn’t give that job to donkeys or stones or even angels but he chose us to be his replacement on the earth. It sounds a lot more serious when you say it like that doesn’t it? We are the replacement chosen by the founder of the New Testament church to take over his position and replace him as the light of the world. Hand-picked! Out of all of his creation he chose man to come to this earth and die for, and rise again to live for, and ascend back to the Father to obtain mercy and forgiveness for, and also to prepare to come back for. Puts a new spin on it when you say it like that doesn’t it? It is a serious job. There is only one thing that God needs. What God needs is us to be the light he intends us to be. We are far more important and privileged than we thought. God don’t make junk, he makes things he needs. He made you didn’t he? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!