Wednesday: 9th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Acts 17:25 Nor does he need anything that we can supply by working for him, since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything else to everyone.
It feels impossible to be in a relationship with someone whom you can do nothing for, or one who needs nothing from you. I had a long think about the question ‘what does God need from?’ and I struggled to find one clear example that actually meant me doing something for Him. Instead, two descriptions came to mind- God is ‘eternally sufficient and permanently complete’.
So again, I asked: what can I do for God? My mind was then drawn to preface IV of the Church’s Eucharist prayers:
‘Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give thanks. You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift. Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness but makes us grow in your grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This falls perfectly in place because very often, the things we see as ‘doing for God’, are actually for our own benefit and that of those around us. Our prayers and petitions, meet our needs; our worship, draws us closer to our father. Our giving, is for the needs of His creation thus leading to a possible inference that ‘Everything we offer to Him, comes back to us in some way or form’.
My dear, it may seem hard to stay in a relationship with a God who only gives to us but needs nothing from us, however, that is who He is. A father who has placed in the heart of his children a longing for him, not so He becomes happy, but so his children become perfectly complete – again, for our own benefit.
Remember # God in himself, is permanently complete.