21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened,22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.” – Luke 3:21-22
Do we need any more clear centering of our attention on this Person, this Jesus Christ? In Jewish and other near eastern and eastern thinking, radial more than linear thinking is the method for keeping lucid thought possible. In our western world of utilitarian method, “get ‘er done,” is the MO. Radial thinking on Jesus’ person and work on the cross to absorb our sin’s penalty (the Gospel) for instance is a constant working out from and back to in every area of life the center point of this divine Person and His death in our place. Everything works out from and back to this Person and His death for us. Should I say it again? It’s all about Jesus and His death for us, children and soon-to-be children of the Living God!
As we spend genuine time and emotion and intellect around the center hub of the Gospel of Jesus, this story unravels our webbing of ideologies and we become more disciple-like than demigod-like in our opinion of ourselves.
Think of a wheel with Jesus and His death as the hub and all the spokes, rim, tube, and tire being dependent upon the integrity of that hub. The thinking and meditation of our hearts should be like those spokes going back to or out from the center point of our being in Jesus. We never move on from the Gospel of Christ. However, God is steering the wheel of our being as we are absorbed with passion to follow Jesus. God works in and through us in a more delight-oriented way as we lean into His good pleasure and celebrate His use of our lives for His good purposes. Our lives see the progress of the Gospel as we enjoy our submission to God in Christ. We never move on from the Gospel, but we are moved by the Gospel to love and good works in deep gratitude for all our Redeemer has done and has yet to do in and through us!
The deepest of God’s good pleasure be yours, dear siblings in Christ!