…and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Think about the Father’s testimony of the Son. We’re all sons and daughters of God. We’ve been adopted into His family. Beyond that, we’re all loved.
I believe that the key term here is well pleased. We have to come to this understanding. We don’t just want God to be pleased, but well pleased.
Sometimes we learn more by negative examples. Israel had a problem in this area.
Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.
1 Corinthians 10:5-6
They did not make it their goal to be pleasing to God. If we’re going to go beyond their failure, then we must set our hearts on securing the anointing. Whatever you set your heart on is what you are driven to do.
Have you set your heart on things? Some people are driven to make money. What’s the driving force of your life? Some want position or fame. Have you set your heart on power with God?
What you’ve set your heart upon determines what you’re driven to do. Your heart is the driving force in your life.
Paul was driven.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27
Paul literally says that I will give my body a black eye, if I have to, in order to obtain the prize. The prize is the anointing of power.
Peter understood the power of being driven.
Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:17-18
All around us are those who are driven for self. It looks very tempting. Their rewards are instantaneous.
The blessings of a heart after God are long-term.
Drive yourself to grow in grace. Increase your knowledge of the Lord. That’s the road to the anointing of power. Drive yourself down that path.
Question: How do you seek to be well pleasing to God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013