"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" - Matthew 3:16-17
When Jesus was baptized in the river of Jordan, John the Baptist heard the voice of a proud Father utter these words - ”This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” It was the expression of a joyful Father who wanted everyone to know that Jesus was His Son, and of how pleased he was with Him.
When our children behave themselves and do well in their endeavors, we too are pleased and proud. We then are moved by our excitement to give them anything they ask, just because they made us feel good, by the good they were doing.
As parents reward their children for doing good, when we obey God’s word and do those things that are pleasing in His sight, He will by His grace and mercy grant unto us whatever we ask that is in accordance with what He has promised, and even better than we expected - "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight" (I John 3:22).
It's not that we earned the right to be given anything by our Father in Heaven who has already sacrificed so much for us, but because we live such a life that is pleasing unto Him.
Make God Proud in all you do, that He will be pleased to say to you in the midst of all on that great day of judgment, “well done thy good and faithful servant” -Matthew 25:21a.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.