You Need More Than God Alone
“God, All I Need Is You…” We hear this phrase a lot in Christian circles these days; it’s even in a number of popular songs we’ve sung in our churches - but is it completely accurate to say that the only thing we need is God?
Certainly when we consider sin, redemption, and justification, the answer is absolutely - the one and only thing we need is Jesus. He did it all on the cross, our works earn nothing, and it is solely by faith through grace that we receive the gift of salvation. However, as Christians there is much more to life that just our salvation; for example we read Paul’s words in I Corinthians 12:12-14:
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
If we just needed God, why would Paul talk about the body of Christ, and the fact that the body is made of many individuals who become one through Jesus? In the verses that follow Paul states the body needs the many different parts to function - hands and feet, arms and legs, eyes and mouth, parts you show and parts that are covered. Just like your car can’t run with just an engine, so the body of Christ can’t properly function without the many different gifts - spiritual and otherwise - we bring to the table.
When I made a decision to follow Christ again nearly 15 years ago, my first impulse was to go it alone. I knew I needed Jesus, and I was ready to follow him in obedience, but I wanted nothing to do with the church. I’d been hurt so deeply before by people in the church, and I was convinced it would happen all over again if anyone knew the life from which I’d just been rescued. Of course God knew better; all alone in San Francisco without a single Christian with whom I could share life, he knew I would never survive on my own.
Alone one night in my cold, bare apartment, I fell to my knees on the kitchen floor, completely broken and sobbing uncontrollably. I knew the Lord was asking me to trust him and once again become an active member of the body of Christ. “Please don’t ask me to do this,” I begged, “I’ll only get hurt again. You can’t ask me to do this.” In one of the only times in my life I heard the Lord speak to me, he said, “Ryan, I’ve brought you this far; trust me.” That was all I needed to hear. “Ok. Ok Lord. I trust you. I’ll do it.” It’s a decision I've never regretted; God led me to a church ready to accept me with open arms and a small group that became my second family - a place where I found healing and experienced life and growth.
I’m going to raise my hand and say, “I need more than God!” For salvation? No. For life - yes! Randy Alcorn talks about this as well in his blog entry titled “You Need More Than God Alone.” Much of the content comes from author Scott Hubbard, who writes for Desiring God Ministries. He uses the examples from Scripture of Adam and Eve, Elijah, and Paul to show that yes, we really do need more than just God to do this thing called life. We need each other, and it’s often through each other that we receive the touch of God.
Hubbard writes, “Often, God sends comfort to his people by sending them a friend.” I can think of many examples where this has been true; I hope and pray you can as well. We need God; we need each other. We need more than God alone.