By: Norm Rasmussen
Our need to be needed can be the driving force that energizes us to do what we do in life. Our need to feel valuable and significant can top our burning desire to be needed. Our desire to feel IMPORTANT can top both our need to feel valuable and significant and need to be needed.
When Adam and Eve were created, they wouldn’t know what we are talking about. They had no need to be needed; they had no comprehension of what it meant to feel significant so there was no desire, and they most assuredly had no desire to feel important. But once they sinned against God, they lost all of that, because they gave up their security in God and traded it for SELF-sufficiency.
When one’s security in God is FULLY restored – (and it can ONLY be truly restored in and through Jesus Christ whether a person believes that or not) – one gets delivered from the need to be needed, feel significant by the social status they have attained, the money and assets they possess, the power entrusted to them to have influence they have over others, and the fame they would like to attain.
How does one get FULLY secure in their relationship with God, one might ask. Great important question!
It STARTS by knowing God has forgiven you for the wrongs you have done. Wrongs against Him; wrongs against others. The core truth of Christianity is that God forgives us of those offenses when we choose/chose to make Jesus Christ our personal Lord and Savior. That’s what God the Father sent His Messiah Jesus Christ (God's 911 rescuer for humanity) to come to earth and die on the cross for.
Our security found in our Creator continues to expand its awareness in us as we come to the realization of WHO we now are in Jesus Christ. (If you have yet to begun to understand WHO you ARE in Jesus Christ, do yourself a HUGE FAVOR and click on this link: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/k-o/WhoIAm.htm)
Next the Holy Spirit brings the understanding to those who are passionately SERIOUS about life’s priorities as God views them…they grow to realize more and more that their purpose for being created in the first place was to serve and glorify God – not settling daily for anything less. To be actively engaged in serving and glorifying God, one will fall way short until they realize the eternal importance of doing their part in helping advance the kingdom rule of Jesus Christ in the lives of themselves and others. (You can learn more about that by clicking on this link: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/f-j/HisRighteousness.htm)
Next comes the BOMB dropped by God. He quickens this to you. “I don’t need you. I WANT you!”
At first…it nearly shatters your emotional circuitry. Like…your whole life you’ve craved to feel needed. You’ve craved to feel significant. You’ve craved to feel important. You may have even craved to be rich and famous and well respected and most certainly honored…and NOW God drops a bomb on you and lets you know He doesn’t NEED you? How can such a thing be?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once the shock wears off of having that revelatory bomb dropped on you by God, you then begin to focus on what He said after dropping the bomb. He WANTS me!?????? Realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? He REALLY wants me? I like hearing that, but I’m not sure I fully understand what He’s getting at.
Keep in mind what it was like for Adam and Eve before they sinned. God manifested Himself to them almost daily. They had no knowledge of insecurity. They had intimate connection with the One who doesn’t just have all power, but IS power. Wrap your head around that as best you can. When The Great I AM imparts to you what that fully means, and He communicates the knowing to you that He is all you will ever NEED, insecurity is a non-existent word.
But when you lose that security, insecurity backfills your being. Each of us were born on this planet insecure, thanks to Adam and Eve’s sin. They became insecure in God once they sinned (that’s one dimension of spiritual death that He promises would come upon them if they ate of the tree He told them not eat from), and their sin nature got passed from all their offspring right on down to you and I.
Jesus Christ was God the Father’s remedy to restore our security with Him. Jesus Christ was God the Father’s remedy to deliver us from the shock that God doesn’t need you or me or anyone else, but man oh man does He WANT our love for Him.
God doesn’t need our love, dear reader. But He sure WANTS it. Ohhhhhhh…He’s in fact jealous about the matter! When His created beings like you and I give most of our time – give most of our mental and physical energies – give so much of our finances to ANYTHING other than passionately seeking Him in how we can shower all those things on what is important to HIM... hat makes Him greatly jealous.
Allow me to say it one more time. God doesn't need us. It's the other way around. WE need God. God was totally complete within Himself before He created even one angel. Yet God desires to share His love with more than just Himself. Thus He created angels and us humans to share His love with.
If you’ve experienced marriage, you can better understand God’s desire for our passionately devoted love for Him than probably someone who has never yet been married. If our spouse shows more passion – shows more devotion - to anyone and/or anything other than US…our marriage starts a slow death process when it comes to being enjoyable. (Sometimes it starts a FAST death process!) Sure – two born again people in marriage understand that our greatest passion of love is to be directed toward our Creator…but some of that passion had better also be directed toward the one who lies beside you in bed at night or the devil starts getting a foothold in the quality of that marriage. It’s just a matter of time.
For many years, it would have driven me AWAY from God to truly know that God doesn’t need me. My own drive to feel needed; to feel somehow significant on this planet…was a driving force within me that held me imprisoned, yet I didn’t have a clue. ONLY until I chose to become spiritually born again could I RECEIVE what the Holy Spirit wanted to give me from birth: “I don’t need you Norm, but I sure do WANT you!”
And once I grew to understand what God put me on this planet to do...to help advance the Kingdom of God (The Lordship of Jesus Christ because He can do a far better job of helping us run our lives than relying on our OWN abilities!) in the lives of people in accordance with Bible Truth…I came to realize it didn’t MATTER anymore if no one knew me; if no one appreciated me; if I didn’t have a dime to my name; if I was as ugly as rotted seaweed refusing to be flushed down my toilet. I traded my horrifying insecurities in all these things for the peace He replaced those demonic substitutes with, and I now am totally thrilled and secure in Him letting me know He really doesn’t need me to do ANYTHING for Him. But man oh man, does He intensely desire my affections, and through speaking and writing my precious wife Kathleen and I as a team get to help lay up rewards (lost pricelessly treasured souls) in eternity for both His pleasure and glory and their ultimate glory.
God tells us He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). The sin of pride in all of its ugly tentacles drives me to want to have all attention pointed to ME. True, Holy Spirit generated humility understands the wisdom that we each were created to glorify GOD, not ourselves. Once we get that fully in our brain, it changes everything about life that we’ve known. Our sin energized ego hates hearing that, but if we want God's increased grace (peace and intimacy with Him) to keep coming our way, we had better be wise and demand our ego to crawl back into the watery grave (Hint: water baptism) it is supposed to be buried in and STAY there and quit kicking and throwing an unending temper tantrum.
One of the things that will make hell so bad for
each unredeemed spirit is that there will be their agonizing knowing that God originally
created them for the purpose of showering Him with passionate love
and obedience for both Him
truth that matters to
recorded in the New Testament Bible.
Both the Old and New Testaments ARE Truth in fact.
We are fooling
ourselves in our pursuits of living our lives to shower our “God” with
passionate love and devotion
understanding and diligently following His DIRECTIONS in how to go about
doing it HIS way. His directions are recorded in the New
Testament Bible. The Old Testament
(really the Old COVENANT) helps us better appreciate the New
Testament (The NEW Covenant God has given humanity that did
away with the Old one because Jesus Christ FULLFILLED it and will continue
to KEEP fulfilling it for all eternity...the only One who possibly could).
The Old Testament (really the Old COVENANT) helps us better appreciate the New Testament (The NEW Covenant God has given humanity that did away with the Old one because Jesus Christ FULLFILLED it and will continue to KEEP fulfilling it for all eternity...the only One who possibly could).
You can exist without your spouse. Yet you didn’t originally marry your spouse to exist without him or her. You can exist without God. He gives each of us that right. Yet God didn’t create you to exist without Him. He created you to be His unique lover (unlike any OTHER, which is why none of us are identically the same!) to enjoy mutual fulfillment with Him for ALL ETERNITY. Now THAT is unequaled purpose for living and it is right out of this world!
A video on this same topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4eK9uefvL4&feature=youtu.be
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