Why Should I Have a Relationship With God?

Knowing God Has its Benefits

Many benefits are provided for the Christian by the heavenly Father.

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). Because of the Father’s love, he gives us all that is good for us (James 1:17).

God has provided the following benefits.

Fellowship with the Father

John wrote: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (i John 1:3). As members of the family of God, we have fellowship with other members of that family, including the Father himself. Often Christians will call each other brother and sister. This recognizes our spiritual kinship. Jesus said, “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9). When we pray to the Father and call him Father, we recognize our spiritual kinship with him.

Access to the Father

Christians can pray and know their Heavenly Father hears and will answer their prayers. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father” (Matt. 6:9). He said, “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things” (Matt. 6:32).

Guidance by the Father

Our heavenly Father has provided guidance for his creation. One of the purposes of Scripture is “that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished ,,,,to all good works” (2 Tim. 3:17). David said, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Ps. 119:9).

Security from the Father

When a person receives Christ personally as Savior, immediately he receives eternal life (John 5:24). By definition, eternal life lasts forever. Our security as Christians is due in part to our relationship with the Father. Jesus said, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29). A young child feels secure in his father’s arms. The child believes his father would not permit anything to happen to him. The most secure place for the Christian is in his heavenly Father’s hand. Our heavenly Father will not allow any harm to come to us that could in any way affect our eternal security.

Inheritance of the Father

Children are entitled to their father’s inheritance. As children of God, we too are entitled to an inheritance. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17). Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Every believer has the promise of God of an eternal home in heaven as part of his inheritance.


The following two tabs change content below.
Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

Latest posts by Dr. Elmer Towns (see all)