“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
- 1 John 3:1
There are an increasing number of people in Tulsa who stand all day on a street corner, holding a sign asking for help, usually in the form of money. I for one, tend to be very skeptical when it comes to this group and as a Christian I always get confused as to whether they really need help or if I would only be hurting by giving them more money to feed an addiction.
I can imagine several ways to help them but it seems like I tend to choose the way that is easiest. Imagine for a second that instead of just handing them a dollar you pulled over and asked their shoe size or offered to take them to get a shave and haircut. It’s one thing to simply write a check but it’s another thing to get personally involved. Now, what if you took it a step further? Imagine that you took them home, gave them new clothes, let them clean up, and then invited them to join your family permanently. What if you adopted a homeless person? I could think of ten good reasons why this might be a dangerous idea, especially with a family at home. However, this is exactly what God does for us.
At one point in my life, I was spiritually homeless. My spiritual bank account did not exist and it caused me to beg and search everywhere for some sort of relief for my hungry soul. God saw me and did not just offer me freedom from my sins but also asked me to be apart of his family. Instead of new clothes he gave me a new heart and a new mind. Our God is not a distant force beyond the galaxies. He is not some creator who started the world spinning and then removed his hand. Our God is a God immensely involved in his creation. He gives us a home for our souls, a family for our hearts, and lavishes his great love on us all.