Does God need us to do His work here on Earth? Truthfully, God can accomplish anything He desires without any help from us. No human was present when He created the entirety of the known and unknown universe from nothing. He spoke, and it was done. There was no human cheering and encouraging Jesus as he obediently surrendered His life for the redemption of our souls. God, by His very nature, is complete, self-sufficient, and without need.
1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3 “Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
6 “On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9 When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?
If He doesn't need us, why then, does He call us to serve. For what purpose does He invite us to get our hands dirty in His work on Earth? Is it possible that there are things which only we humans can accomplish or is there something more to it? I have to believe that there is nothing we can do that God can't do for Himself. If he did need us to do the work, how could He be the God he claims to be?
God created us for relationship. He doesn't need us so much as we need Him. Because of the corruption of sin, there is a need in our lives to be restored into relationship and fellowship with Him. Restoration of the relationship is accomplished through the cross and Christ's resurrection. Fellowship comes through spending time with the Father. We draw closer to the Father by spending time with Him. This is no different than the way we grow closer to those people in our lives with whom we have relationships. Corporate worship, private worship, Bible study, and prayer are all ways by which we come closer to Him. Ministry is another.
Consider this. Suppose there is a man who has a 7 year old son. This man is passionate about cars. He has every tool ever made. He has a garage designed especially for the restoration and building of cars. He has a vast knowledge of the electrical, mechanical, and other various systems of any number of models. There is never a time when he isn't spending spare time working on a project.
One day, his son comes into the garage. His father is down in the grease pit working. The lad asks his father if he can help. Of course, there isn't much this 7 year old can really bring to the project. He has no understanding or experience. Instead of turning him away, his father says, "Sure! Come on down here". Delighted, the boy climbs down. His father begins to explain what he is doing and what tools are needed for the job. He then puts a tool in his son's hand, puts his own hand over that smaller one and helps his son to use the tool.
At the end of the day, the boy will not be an expert in building and restoring cars. What purpose was served by his father's allowing him to participate? The young man drew closer to his father. By participating in the work, he learned about the passion of his father's heart. He allowed himself to be guided by the knowledge and and skill of a master. The fellowship with his father became deeper.
It is the same for us. God doesn't call us to participate in His work because He needs us. He does it so that we will understand more of His heart. He offers the opportunity to spend time with Him doing those things for which He is passionate. So, let us not shy from this invitation to serve. Let us take delight in the work to which He invites us. Christianity is much more than going to Sunday School, attending worship, going to church socials, and asking God for help with things out of our control. Christianity is about drawing closer to our Father, knowing His heart and passion, and allowing the deepened fellowship to inform every activity of our lives.