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Matthew 3:17 (NLT) “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
The baptism of Jesus is remarkable for many reasons. But when we read that a voice from heaven called out, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy,” it would greatly benefit us to pause and deeply reflect on what God is saying.
Why? Well, God is speaking favorably of His Son, Jesus. Very favorably. But elsewhere in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes that we are all adopted sons and daughters of God.
So imagine for a moment that what God spoke about Jesus, He is also speaking about you. “This is my dearly loved daughter, who brings me great joy.” “This is my dearly loved son, who brings me great joy.”
If you’re thinking this is stretching the Scriptures too far, allow me to disagree. All who have professed faith and trust in Jesus are now dearly loved sons and daughters of God. Your very existence brings delight and joy and laughter and wonder to your Creator. Rest in this truth today.
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: What emotions do you feel when you pause to reflect on the truth that you are a dearly loved son or daughter of God, and that you bring Him great joy? Be specific, and write down as many as you can.
QUESTION: Think back to yesterday’s reading – do you find yourself easily able to see the face of God in others? To recognize that they are a son or daughter of God, someone who brings Him great joy?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You, thank You, thank You, for inviting me to be part of the new family of Jesus. Words cannot express my gratitude. May I rejoice in the presence of my God throughout this day! Amen.
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