Matthew 3:16-17, “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”
Do you ever wonder if God is pleased with you? What do you and I need to do to have God say those words about us?
There are times in my life when God should probably be really angry at me; others, I hope He is proud of me. Sometimes He is probably really frustrated by my inability to follow His directions; and at times, I know He feels happy for me, sad for me, and excited for me. But do you know what He is NOT for me? Worried.
Because His plans for me are good, He is not worried about the outcome. He knows how to get me where I need to go. He isn’t concerned with having to discipline me or cause me frustration. My comforts are not as important to Him as my character. Knowing this makes it much easier for me not to be anxious; but if I want to please God, what do I need to do?
The answer comes from Jesus Christ. Years ago a popular bracelet came out. People wore them. “WWJD.” The acronym meaning, “What would Jesus do?” However, the problem with the bracelets is that most people really do not know what Jesus would do because they fail to study “His ways.” If we really want to please God, then we must honor Him by understanding how Jesus lived His life and by following that example.
1. Communicate with God as He did
Mark 1:35, “And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.”
Luke 5:16, “But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”
Luke 6:12, “And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”
2. Love unconditionally as He did
1 John 4:16, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
Matthew 22:37-39″ And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 Corinthians 13:13, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
3. Forgive as He did
Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 7:2-5, “In the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Luke 17:3-4, “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
Think about how Christ lived His life. Pray and ask God to help you implement the same daily principles in your life. Study the Bible so that when you are faced with the decision, “What would Jesus do” you will know exactly what should be done.