[A repost from the early days of the King’s English]
On the King’s English I’ve been thinking about a triune creation.
It’s really striking me how profligate is the triune God of grace. The Father, Son and Spirit bubble over in love. A unitarian god needs creation. And all relations between such a creator and its creature are quid pro quo arrangements. The triune God does nothing about of necessity. It’s all about gift and free overflow.
We can genuinely say “You really didn’t have to.” And the Lord will reply, “I know, but I wanted to.”
So my friend, whoever you are. Know in your heart: You are entirely unnecessary. Entirely. Unnecessary. You are a profligate extravagance, a superfluous addendum, a needless flourish. The Lord, His universe, His church, His kindgom purposes could so easily do without you. You are completely surplus to requirements.
And you say “I need to be needed! If my children don’t need me, I’ll fall apart. If my church doesn’t need me, I’ll crumble. If my work doesn’t need me, who am I?”
But you don’t need to be needed. You only think you need to be needed because you’ve forgotten you’re loved. So let me remind you…
You are wanted. You are desired. And not for anything ‘you offer.’ You are surplus to requirements. But our God doesn’t deal in requirements, He enjoys the surplus. He delights in you.
Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. (Eph 2:4-5)
You are entirely unnecessary, but utterly loved.