Luke 3:22 – “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Jesus didn’t need to do a single thing to got God’s approval. And neither do we.
We may feel like our parents are disappointed in us. We may think that we’re not smart enough, sexy enough, or talented enough to earn other peoples’ approval. We probably don’t even approve of ourselves.
And while it may feel like we need to be, do, or have more to make God proud of us, or make him approve of us, that’s just not true. The moment we were born, we had God’s approval. He is proud of us for no other reason than we exist.
Which means we can stop trying to be, do and have more to earn God’s approval.
What would our lives look like if we could all wake up tomorrow and know God is proud of us regardless of what we’ve done? How would it feel to know our Father approves of us? How radically different would our lives be if we stopped trying to impress God with our good deeds, church attendance, tithing or dress code?
I’ll tell you what would happen: We’d be set free to love.
We’d stop being so wrapped up in ourselves that we would start to see the people around us. We’d stop being consumed with our own needs and start being able to fill the needs of others. Not out of obligation. Not because we’d be trying to impress God or make Him like us or be proud of us. Instead, we’d realize how deeply we are loved and we’d want to share that love with everyone we met.