Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 11, 2016

Delighting The Father

nov-11“And there came a voice from heaven:  This is My beloved Son.  I take delight in Him!” Matthew 3:17 (HCSB)

Delight in Him –  wonder what inspired those words?  Jesus was just arriving on the scene.  There were no followers, disciples, or great crowds.  No miracles had been performed.  No one had been healed.  No demons had been cast out.  Amazing events that would characterize Jesus’ ministry – yet a simple act of obedience birthed great delight in His Heavenly Father.

Perhaps a snapshot of his childhood opens wide the lens of what God saw as His only Son navigated the streets of Nazareth.  Luke invites us to glimpse the life of the boy, Jesus.  And even those details leave us lingering, desiring more.  Simply put – Jesus grew up and became strong.  Scripture reveals that He was filled with wisdom.  Instead of playing in the temple or running through the streets of Jerusalem, the pre-teen Jesus was found sitting among the teachers. Intently He listened.  Astoundingly He asked questions.  The scholars were amazed by Jesus’ understanding and His answers.  Having left the glories of Heaven, Jesus wanted to be in His Father’s house.  Obedient to the wishes of Mary and Joseph, Jesus returned with them to Nazareth.  Luke bookends Jesus’ early life with “He increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and people.”

No other details are given until we find Jesus wading into the waters at age 30. And it grabbed the attention of His Father.

What are we doing to amaze the Father?  Are we consumed with activity?  Are we attempting to create a platform?  Or are we desiring His presence and obeying His words – giving our Father a reason to take delight in us.

“My Lord, how I long to please You – to leave position, influence and accomplishment  in exchange for Your presence.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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