“After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and
behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending
as a dove and lighting on Him,
and behold, a voice out of the heavens said,
‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.'”

Matthew 3:16, 17, NAS

I never got into serious trouble when I was growing up; not because I feared punishment, but because I desired to please my parents. They had sacrificed everything for me by selling business, home and furniture to move to the dry climate of Arizona. It was the perfect answer for my asthma. Nothing hurt more than hearing my dad say, “Son, you have displeased me.”

Jesus was particularly motivated to say: “I always do what pleases Him (His Heavenly Father).” (John 8:29) No wonder Jesus walked seventy miles to be baptized by John. When He came out of the water, He then heard the Father’s expression of pleasure.

We are not to be “men-pleasers.” As Dr. Adrian Rogers said: “If I please God, it does not matter who I displease. But if I do not please God, then it does not matter who I please.”

Pleasing God is progressive. We begin with the simple and basic. That is why Jesus took the first step of baptism. Having only three years to work, this was a key investment.

Peace will accompany pleasing God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove at His baptism. There will be that inner sense of peace when you know the smile of God’s approval.

The Holy Spirit will empower you. He will “come upon you.” (Acts 1:8) Just as the dove descended upon Christ, you will have fresh confidence that He is at work in and through you.

QUESTION: Have you heard God’s Word in your spirit, “This is My beloved child in whom I am well-pleased?” Is there an act of obedience in your life that will please the Father today? How will you know when you are pleasing to God?