9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from[d] the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
I may have shared on this before but it is worth repeating. During a conversation that I was having with Stephanie Paul she talked about Jesus’ baptism. She pointed out that at the time of Jesus’ baptism God the Father was expressing two facts. One, you are my Son. Two, I am well pleased with You. Stephanie went on to point out that Jesus’ official ministry had not yet started. Jesus did nothing to deserve or earn the Father’s approval.
These two facts are vital for you and me to understand and believe. If your salvation is found in Christ alone YOU are His child and YOU are pleasing to the Father. You do not have to do one more thing to gain His approval. Why then do we chase after what we already have? Do we make mistakes and fall short? Yes. But the facts don’t change. Do we seek opportunities in ministry? Yes. But the facts remain the same.
You and I need not strive for acceptance nor do one more thing to earn approval. Today I pray that you will know how much you are already loved and accepted.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Acting Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.