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TITLE: Ask Not What Your God Can Do For You...
By Amber Riebe
11/19/07
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Recently in my church we had a message given about the homeless. I've also been seeing a lot of things on tv about people who are bearly getting by. This is what has inspired this poem. All of us, me included, can bennefit from the reminder of how fortunate we truly are.
So often I hear the complaints of unsatisfied friends.
They want more and more!
To all the stuff they want, there seems no end!
All too often I find myself wondering how You put up with it,
day in and day out, over and over again.
Do You ever get tired of people wanting “stuff” from You?
Do You ever get frustrated when people try to tell You
how, when, and where to move?
Do You ever feel like screaming just to silence the self-centered mob?
Do You ever feel like yelling,
“Ask not what your God can do for you, but what you can do for your God!”
I know I would certainly get tired of people always telling me what to do,
so today I’m coming here to ask, Lord, what can I do for You?



Now people of Christ, I’m talking to you.
I think somewhere along the way a lot of us have lost sight of the truth.
Some of us have made a rather huge mistake…
some of us need to remember who's the Maker and who's been made!
We shouldn’t expect to have all we “want” and to have our way with everything.
We should be asking ourselves NOT what our King can do for us,
But what can WE DO for our King!
He never promised anyone on earth
they’d have all their “wants” and that life would be a breeze,
but He did promise to always meet all of our “needs”.

Now this brings me to one of my sore spots;
in our blessed country too many of us are completely confused
about the difference between “needs” and “wants”!
Ask yourself these questions to see how many “needs” you lack;
Do you have air to breathe? Do you have clothes to cover your back?
Is there enough food on the table to keep your family fed?
Do you have something warmer than a cardboard box to call a bed?
Do you have clean water to quench your thirst on a hot day?
Do you stay safe and dry under a roof when it rains?
If your answers to these questions has been yes,
then, my friend, your “needs” are being met.

Now guys, that shiny new bike you saw at the dealer,
the latest video game, that jet ski, and that awesome 4-wheeler-are these “needs”?
No, they’re not! Each of these are nothing more than “wants”!
And ladies, I’m talking to you too;
look in your closet, do you really “need” all those clothes and shoes?
Do you really “need” brand new furniture to match this season’s shade of blue?
I hate to break it to you, but my sisters in Christ,
None of these “wants” will bring any more joy into your life!

So instead of asking God what material items He can give you today,
Try instead to ask Him to help you do things His way.
Don’t be just one more person in the self-centered mob,
ask not what your God can do for you, but what you can do for your God.
Keep in mind that there are many out there
who would give anything just to be where you are.
There are many less fortunate, some near and some far.

If you feel like something’s lacking in your life
and nothing seems to be filling the void quite right,
Try reaching out to someone in true ”need”.
You may be surprised by how much can come from one simple good deed.
Of course you will be able to bless the person you help,
but you will also feel blessed and fulfilled yourself!
Remember the words that Jesus did speak,
“What you’ve done to the least of these, you’ve done to Me.”
So my friends in Christ, pull yourselves away from the self-centered mob.
Ask not what your God can do for you, but what you can do for your God.
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