WHAT DOES GOD need?
Good Bible students might reply, “It depends–on whether we are talking about God the Spirit (John 4:24), or God in the flesh (John 1:14).”
God the Spirit has no needs, while God in the flesh had very real needs.
Paul said, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is he worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24-25).
Think about that.
God the Spirit doesn’t need anything.
The fancy, theological term for this is “aseity.”
It means God is enough all by Himself (Isa. 4:28-32).
He exists and is self-sustained before us, after us, and is independent of us (Gen. 17:1; Exo. 3:13-14).
He doesn’t need us, nor does He rely upon us (Psa. 50:9-12).
But we can’t say that about God in the flesh–Jesus Christ.
During His earthly sojourn, the Son of Man experienced the very same needs that you and I require to live.
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14).
Jesus shared our human-ness.
“Shared”–yes, that’s the Greek word koinonia from which we get our word “fellowship.”
In a manner of speaking, “He put skin on” and experienced that which man has grappled with since the beginning.
- He hungered (Mat. 4:2; 21:18).
- He experienced thirst (John 4:7; 19:28).
- He knew fatigue and weariness (Mat. 8:24; Mark 4:38; John 4:6).
Let me say it again.
God the Spirit doesn’t need anything, while God who shared flesh and blood needed water, food, and rest.
The Water of Life (John 4:14) needed water, the Bread of Life (John 6:35) needed bread, and He who is our Rest (Heb. 4:1-11) needed rest.
But now, consider this.
We are commanded in the Scriptures to serve God (Deut. 11:13; Josh. 24:15; Psm. 2:11;; Mat. 6:24; John 12:26; Heb. 9:14).
Typically, those who require service have needs of some degree–but as we noted earlier, that can’t be said of God the Spirit.
So here’s the quandary.
If God the Spirit doesn’t need anything, then exactly how do we serve Him?
It’s kind of like asking, “What do I get for the person who has everything?” (And in this case, He does have everything).
The answer is–one of the ways we serve God is by serving others.
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” (Mat. 25:34-40).
Dear reader, are you serving God?
Are you humbling yourself and give of your time, effort and finances to those who have desperate needs?
We are literally surrounded by the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick and once-imprisoned.
They all need help–and most of all, the need to see the Savior–in you.
Think about it (1 Cor. 15:58).
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike