Question: Does God Need Us?
Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it — He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. 25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.
In these verses and the next few verses that follow, Paul is teaching some very deep stuff by declaring to the Athenian philosophers about their Unknown God.
How many gods exist? Paul’s first teaching to them is about “The God”. He makes it clear that there are not many gods, but there is only one God, “The God”, who made everything.
Is the universe an accident? Paul also teaches that this one God made everything in heaven and in earth. Therefore, the universe didn’t happen by chance.
Is the universe in chaos? Paul also teaches that this God is The Lord of the Heaven and Earth. Lord means that He is the Master. Therefore, the universe is not in state of chaos, but is directed by the Master.
Is God limited by man? Paul then corrects them regarding their idols. The One True God does not dwell in man made temples or is served by the hands of man as if he needed anything.
And this brings me to the thing I originally asked. Does God need us? Paul’s teaching is clear, NO, God does not need man. Earlier this year I read the book, Delighting in the Trinity, by Michael Reeves. One of Reeves’ points was that before the universe was created, God existed as the three-in-one: as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He explained how God was and is self-sufficient and requires nothing from His creation, including fellowship. Reeves went on to say that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit had perfect fellowship, that God was not lonely, and that God did not create the universe to fulfill some emptiness that He had. Instead God’s love within the Godhead was so great that his love overflowed from the Godhead outward to His creation as sunbeams flow from the sun. I find this idea comforting. God did not need to create us because He had some unmet need, but He created us because He chose to extend his love and fellowship to His creatures. How gracious He is to include us in His plan.
My last questions is, do we need Him?
Absolutely, Paul is clear that God gives everyone life and breath. God initiated the creation and He sustains His creation. Our life and breath are in His hands.
He is the Creator, we are His creation.
He is worthy to be worshiped.
Don’t worship the things of the world, worship the Creator of the world.