A Dearly Loved Child

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As my son walked across the stage to receive his diploma from The Ohio State University, I remember how my heart filled with pride.  I was proud of him because of his hard work, dedication, and self-sacrifice. He showed his commitment to a plan that was set for him from the age of five.  As proud of him as I was, my pride in him was equally important to him. He is my son; we are family. There were many other students receiving their diplomas that day, and I was proud of them too; but there is a difference between the pride you feel for someone with whom you have a close relationship and someone you do not.


Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”


These verses are more significant than they may appear at first. Jesus had yet to officially begin his full-time ministry. Not that the life Jesus lived up to this point was unimportant, but I think it is worth noting that at the start of Jesus’ ministry (not after he fulfilled his mission), God the Father was very pleased with his Son and said so in the presence of everyone watching!

There are only two verses in the Bible where we have God’s recorded words to Jesus: in the story above and again at the transfiguration of Jesus.


Matthew 17:5

But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”


When we express our pride in someone we care about, we establish the significance of who they are—our child, parent, close friend. God says, “This is my dearly loved Son.” As his children, God wants us to know that he is proud of us as well. We can find our significance in who we are to him, a dearly loved child.


1 John 3:1

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!


Galatians 3:26
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.


Do you understand that you are a dearly loved child of God?


Do you find your significance in who you are to God or do you look for it in what you can do for him?


Next Step:

Spend some time today meditating on 1 John 3:1, soaking in the fact that God loves you and is proud of you because of who are you… his child.



Dear heavenly Father, help me to know that I am one of your children and that you are proud of me. Grant me wisdom to know the difference between healthy pride and sinful pride. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn is the Real Estate Manager for Hancock County. She has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She feels blessed to be writing for the LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.

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2 replies
  1. Ben Snyder
    Ben Snyder says:

    Great prayer for me!
    Help me know the difference between healthy and haughty pride! Yes. Amen. Thanks Jennifer!

  2. Jennifer Macke
    Jennifer Macke says:

    Thank you Ben. It means a lot to me to be writing for LIO. It is amazing how much I am learning from the research. I did not even think about why Jesus needed to be baptized since he was sinless. My Monday Life Group had a lively discussion on your message. Thank you for being a great inspiration! 🙏🙏

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