We Yearn for God’s Approval
6… He [God] made us accepted in the Beloved.
American fathers have a bad reputation when it comes to telling their children how much they care. Every self-help book and how-to Website about fatherhood seems to include a section on “showing affection”. In the heart of every child is a cry for his father’s approval, in the same way we are also yearning for God’s Approval. My daughter has told me that I did not show her the affection she desired as she was growing up. On the other hand, I was good at giving her good things. I always wanted to make sure she didn’t want for anything.
God’s Compliments Before the Accomplishment
The Bible says: If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11, WNT)
We know that God is far advanced over any earthly father. The first thing God did before Jesus even started His ministry was say: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) Because we are now in the family of God, we call God Father, and we are accepted in the beloved. We know our Heavenly Father has many blessings and compliments in store for us, the same way He did Jesus, even before we begin our journey as Christians. Earthly fathers wait until their child proves something, then they tell them they are proud of them, our Heavenly Father tells us He is proud of us before we begin to do anything in the Beloved.
God says about you: “This is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased”.
As God’s Beloved
God wants us to know that when we wake up every morning to begin our day we are already totally accepted in the beloved. He is unconditionally showing us His love for us and we have His total stamp of approval. It is easy to see that God has a desire to give good things to those who ask Him and who are accepted in the beloved “In Christ”.
So today, as God’s beloved, know that you are treasured by God and as an object of God’s love, you can live with confident expectation of the good things He wants to bless you with and the good life He wants you to live.