My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

God Doesn’t Need You

I sit at my table with my Bible open and a pen in hand. All I can think is how amazed God must be. It is the fifth day out of nine that I’ve done this, opened the Bible in the morning. Plus, I went to church for the last three weeks in a row, and I even brought my Bible there. He must be so pleased

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But still it falls flat. All of my trying. My do-good-ing. My meeting some imaginary criteria.

And then I read the words that stop me

God doesn’t need anything from you…

Wait, what? Surely, all the things I’m doing are good, right?

We approach God like He needs something from us. As if He needs our five minute devotion or our “Thank you for our food, amen.” As if the God of the universe needs us so He can keep being God.

He doesn’t need us; He desires us.

It’s the difference between being an employee and being an infatuation, a worker and a crush, a job and a life long love and passion. When we see this our time with Him will not feel like a favor to Him, a good deed, or something to check off our list. Our time with Him will give us butterflies and make our hearts race.

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He is a God of big love and big grace, and He wants us to love Him more than He wants us to add Him to our list of responsibilities. He may use us, love us, challenge us, but the God of the universe does not need us. He wants us.

When we start feeling wanted we are free to want in return.


Be encouraged by great writers around the world as we link up hope today.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

9 Replies

  1. “He doesn’t need us; He desires us.” Oh how freeing these words are! So often we strive, stress and strain in our own strength while God is calling us into deeper soul rest and relationship with Him. There’s nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there’s nothing we can do to make Him love us less. We are freed to be the beloved by His grace. Thank you, Becky. I’m blessed to be your neighbour at #coffeeforyourheart and to visit your beautiful, uplifting blog! 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad you visited today, and I’m so grateful for your kind words. I am falling more in love with grace everyday!

  2. And …oh. how He wants us! I, too, get caught in the “doing” and think that that is a good thing, but when I listen and obey and just “am” I feel so much closer to the God of the Universe. Isn’t that absolutely amazing that He wants us and cares for us and about us, and that He loves us as we are…??
    Encouraging post. Thanks.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    Visiting form Holley’s

    1. Becky Hastings

      Just as we are–yes, and AMEN! Sometimes I think there are parts of me that He doesn’t see or that surprise Him, but He sees every part of us and His love doesn’t change! So glad you visited today!

  3. Robin Staley

    We needed to hear that. God does love us. He Doran’ t need us. We need him. It is good to know we can go to God at anytime even when we do the wrong thing. I’m so glad we don’t have to do good works to be accepted.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it freeing? Doesn’t it bring an exhale, just knowing that His love is unconditional and forever? It’s not about what we do, but who we are!

  4. Love this Becky! Such a great reminder it’s a relationship with us God desires, not time we carve out so we can check off our to-do list. It’s so much more beautiful to be desired than to be needed. Thanks for sharing, and blessings to you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Doris! If we could just soak in that place of being desired, imagine how much that would free us to be loved and love others!

  5. I think we forget the simple truth of your blog post so easily. We think we are ‘helping’ God by serving Him. The irony is that we are the ones who are helped when we give ourselves in service to Him. Thanks!

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