Thursday, March 10, 2016

96. The Confirmation

“After being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”      (Matthew 3:16-17)

If there was ever a time in Jesus’ ministry in the earth that God smiled in heaven, this had to be the time. God, the Father, was well-pleased with His Son and said so. A smile is an extravagant expression that has lost its way among the busyness of life. The reflection of the joy of the Lord is a smile, born in heaven and filled with peace. The smile is the tender heart woven by His Spirit and flows in grace to another’s eyes. 

Smile a smile away and smile once more. It is a gift from God that never ceases to give its pleasure to the giver and the receiver.

Jesus’ humble obedience to His Father made the heart of the Father glad. In our humble obedience to Him, we follow in our Lord’s path of peace, even though we may think the path be rocky, the internal joy that He gives sees us through. What John saw that day as the Spirit of God descending upon Jesus as a dove was the reflection of God’s heart. The Spirit of God touched Jesus in approving love and affirmation.

The Father said, ‘This is My Son! I am well-pleased in Him.” This was a pronouncement; it was a confirmation; it was a loving Father sincerely glad of heart smiling down from heaven at the sight and sound of loving, humble obedience.

Why do we do what we do for our Lord? Why, indeed. For the Lord, it is He Who does His work and it is our opportunity to gladly and humbly submit to our Father in Christ, saying, “What would you have me do, Lord? Your will be done, oh, God, and not my own.” It is in our humble obedience to Him that the smile of God falls upon us. It is not that we do anything for His favor for we cannot do anything to deserve Him. But, we humbly obey out of love and sincere desire to be with Him, not just for eternity, but for this very moment that we breathe our breath in Him.

Smile a smile away and smile once more. His smile is gladness of heart, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Be glad in Him! The Kingdom of God is here, be blessed in Him today.

---- an excerpt from the devotional book, "The Treasure Within the Kingdom of God".

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