Needed By All, Needful of None
Passage: Acts 17:16-17, 22-30, John 5:19-21, 25-29
God is self-sufficient. He is needed by all but needful of nothing. We are dependent creatures. But we long for independence and self-sufficiency – like God. To be needed by all and needful of nothing ourselves, because every need is a limit. We are needy by God’s design. Therefore, we must embrace our neediness – following Jesus who said, “I do nothing on my own but only what I see the Father in heaven doing” (Jn 5:26) because, like Him, we know the Father’s heart for us. If God does not need us, He must love us.
I. GLORIFYING GOD – i.e. Adoration
God is needed by all and needful of nothing.
II. GRASPING FOR GODNESS – i.e. Sin
We (sinfully) grasp for independence and self-sufficiency. To be needed by all and needful of nothing ourselves.
III. GRACIOUS HUMAN-NESS – i.e. Embracing limits
In truth, we are needy, not because of sin but by design.
IV. GOSPEL – i.e. Power
Jesus is our example and also the power to live in dependence – upon God and others.