I imagine this all sounds very crude indeed to those of us steeped in the idea that God has in fact no real need of anything from God's people other than praise for God's greatness and thanks for God's salvation. No bargains, please! Still, might there not be here something of value even for us Reformation, grace-alone Christians? God in fact needs us. Is that so hard to believe or accept? But God needs us to live the life God has called us to live and needs us to proclaim loudly and clearly that God's truths are the truths that finally count in a world so reluctant to live by those truths, choosing lesser "truths" instead. We can rightly pray to be saved from dread illness and deep fears of enemies, all the while reminding God what God will lose by our demise, but thereby promising God that our lives will be lived in God and for God henceforth. If that is a bargain, well, it is not a bad one at that.
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