You already have it

16 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 lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:16-17

If Jesus.
Who had infinite power and potential.
Who carried the most important calling and mission in history.
Who did so much in His lifetime that John would later say that the world could not contain the books describing it.
Had his Father’s acceptance before he did a single thing in His earthly life to obtain it.

What makes you think you have to knock His socks off before you can obtain it as well?

What makes you think you have to turn your life around before you can come back to God?
What makes you think you have to impress God with your obedience before He will impart His grace to you?
What makes you think you have to do things to get God to like you, much less love you?
What makes you think you have to build a church of thousands before God will be pleased with you?
What makes you think you have to be the perfect spouse or parent before God will perfectly love you?

Many Christians spend a lifetime trying to achieve something that Jesus already achieved for them in His. God’s acceptance isn’t based on your performance. It wasn’t for Jesus. And because of what He did for you, it isn’t for you either.

The acceptance He had, you have.
The love He unconditionally received, you unconditionally receive.

Yes, Jesus was the Son of God. But through Him, you are a child of God with the same privileges (Galatians 4:5-7).

That includes the privilege of having God look at you and being well pleased.
Don’t waste any more time striving after what’s already yours.

This blog post was originally published February 17, 2011.