Live To Please Him, Not Yourself

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

-John 3:13-17

Can you imagine the scene for a second?

A long queue of people, as long as your eye can see. As the day goes one, and the sun moves slowly across the sky, you see Jesus, finally at the front of the line.

You can imagine Christ walking towards John, ready to get into the water and John just starts to freak out (understandably I might add!)

What I love about this section of scripture is that it just illustrates Jesus’ character. He was always fulfilling God’s purpose in His life, regardless of the social norms, family expectations or even his own sense of self or pride.

God required for Jesus to be baptised by John the Baptist. End of – and nothing was going to stop Jesus from pleasing His Father.

I wish that was the same attitude the rest of us Christians had, in fact I wish it was the same attitude I have.

Let’s pray that God will help us to do whatever is necessary to please Him, regardless of our selves.



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