17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
Some intrinsic needs of almost all humanity are to know love of a heavenly kind, to have a unique and “forever” relationship, and to have the assurance that our lives bring delight to someone who knows perfectly what makes us priceless. Imagine the moving confirmation in the mind and heart of Jesus when the heavens opened and He heard that He was loved, in unique relationship (My beloved Son), and a delight (well pleasing), to the most important Person in His life, His Father God. This kind of experience would cause us to love back almost uncontrollably, which is another need placed in us…not only to be loved but to love. There is no real relationship of the heavenly kind without both.Your heavenly Father wants you to have a real affirmation in your life, even now, of real love, real relationship, and real delight in your life. The irony is that our secular world gives us the exact wrong prescription for achieving the things above. The advice of the day is to live for ourselves, seek our own pleasure, and use relationships for our own comfort and purposes. On this road, at journey’s end we will still be searching for something higher or we will have given up in bitter hopelessness…used and using, or both.
Did you know that God “so loves” you and desires to open an announcement from the heavens along the lines of what Jesus heard that day long ago? That announcement did not come to Jesus by self-seeking, but by self-surrender to the love and purposes of the One He was “one” with. Losing the wrong kind of life and love, which is temporary anyway, in order to win the right kind of life and love, which is eternal, seems to be most sensible. The difficulty is the truth that there are times we indeed will be giving up the “seen” for the “unseen…” but remember, that the unseen is not really unseen it is just not yet seen.
From your father's heart, DWJ
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I have a desire to be the physical demonstration of the person of Jesus through all the ordinary activity of my life, and on this site through my "devotionals." My deep desire is to have intimacy with Jesus and the heart of my heavenly Father beating in my heart and impacting my wife and family, and then whoever and wherever God places me.
7 Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8