My father is a generous person. If there is anyone who needs help, my dad is there to lend a hand, or meet any other needs if he is able. My dad grew up in the Midwest, and so everyone is a neighbor, and if they are in need, he will help. But there are a few people that get preferential treatment when it comes to Dad’s help. I’m not talking about fellow church members or friends. I am talking about a select four that know that whenever they need help, Dad would drive across the country and go out of his way to help. Who are these four? Me and my three siblings.
It is natural to expect that if anyone is going to help us, it will be our parents. By taking on the mantel of “parent,” the father commits himself happily to the well-being of his children. I can expect that Dad will help me, to his own hurt, if I need him. This is the privilege of being his son.
This is true in the physical realm, but it is also true in the spiritual realm when we think of our Heavenly Father. This truth is put most succinctly in Romans 5:10, which says “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” The context of Romans 5 talks about the relationship that Christians have with God. It is not true that everyone who is born into this world is born a child of God. This is a common misconception. Another misconception is that we are born again when we are baptized. However, God says in John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” We become God’s children when we place our trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:8 is clear that we accepted the offer of God’s love, not as children, but when we were sinners. It says: “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This means that when we were undeserving, Jesus died for us. God showed His love for us when we were not His children. Just like my dad would help a stranger, or even an enemy, God loves everyone to some degree.
However, Romans 5:10 says that if we experienced God’s love when we were sinners, how much more should we expect to experience God’s love now that we are His children? It is only natural that you should be able to go to God for help when you are needy, if you are His child. If unbelievers still experience God’s blessing, how much more can you expect it? If when you were a sinful, wretched lost enemy of God He showed you His love, how much more can you expect His love, mercy, forgiveness, and blessing when you become His child by faith?
Go to your Father and seek the help you need. He is a good Father, and will always be there for you.