After a very long and tiring day of working my spirit down to wafer thin, I drove home with Relient K on the stereo, and my song of choice was “I Need You”.
So, after I got home, I was washing up while I was waiting for my bedsheets to dry and thought a little bit about what Christians say when they tell God that they need them. What do we mean? What do we need God for? What do we need God to do? The Relient K song talks about feeling empty – an emotional need, but today my need was very much physical. I am physically tired, and physically drained, and I need God to give me some physical energy and some physical help in the form of other people. Thank heavens God meets all sorts of needs! I know he will keep providing 🙂
My thoughts were further compounded because of some reflecting that our bible study did today on “spiritual gifts” – the concept that God gives different people in the church different gifts and talents and roles to play so that the church can function as a body – everyone doing different but complementary things so that it all works well. It was an interesting study. For the first time, it really dawned on me that this spiritual gift thing is not an individual idea, but a communal one. I am guilty of having previously thought about gifts as “what has God given me to make me special in the church so I can do my own particular work?” Totally wrong. The gifts God gives us, he gives us to serve others. It’s beautiful.
My problem is reconciling these two ideas. “I Need You” is such an individualistic phrase. How does my desire to have my own needs met fit in with serving my brothers and sisters?
I guess I have to keep remembering that needs don’t stop with me. God provides for us as individuals, but he also uses us to provide for each other.
Just a late night rambles. Have an excellent Wednesday!