In Matthew 3:17, God made a powerful statement about Jesus, “This is my Son, whom I love; with whom I am well pleased.”
I found a new perspective in this passage when I realized that Jesus had not yet gone to the cross, performed miracles, or led the masses. His Father was establishing Jesus’ identity before He started His activities. Jesus heard God, believed God, and remained filled.
In Christ, God has given us a new identity (Romans 6:4). But, unlike Christ, we forget.
We look to fill our days and our lives with activities and performances —for mankind and even for God. Our humanity makes us hungry people. It is similar to the phenomenon of being satisfied with a large dinner only to wake up the next morning feeling famished. Truth comes in and fills us up. But, our cracks, crevices, and circumstances are like drains pulling the truth out and leaving a hollowness that can haunt.
Therefore, we must stand moment-by-moment in the reality of our identity before we resume our activity. Grasp the truth and rub it deep. Let it sink in quickly and resist the drain of the day’s performances. “You are my daughter, whom I love; with whom I am well pleased.”
Well pleased because of who you are- not what you do. Well pleased because of an unfathomable, unconditional love- not earned but simply given.
A little P.S. to today’s blog post. I am finishing up a big writing project today and would so appreciate your prayers. I’d also love to see you in Birmingham this weekend. Oh how I praise God for the amazing privilege to spend some time encouraging and loving on my sisters who have experienced such horrific realities. The pictures coming in from the tornado ravaged areas are almost too much for my brain to take in.
But we are coming with arms of compassion, hearts of love, and humble whispers of hope. Oh sweet Jesus, use our fragile words to breathe life and encouragement back into my hurting friends.
We’ll also be taking up an offering this weekend to support relief and restoration efforts. If you are anywhere near, please come. It will be a very special weekend.
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