I attend a lot of high school basketball games, and I know some of the parents of the players on the local team. It’s fun to watch how those parents beam with pride when their son or daughter does well.
At least three times in the past couple of years, our boys have made last second shots that have tied or won the game. Each time this happened, I waited for the initial electricity of the moment to fade a bit, then I turned in the direction of the father of the player who hit the big shot and yelled, “Whose boy was that!?” A couple of fathers just looked at me and grinned. The third shouted back, “That was my boy!”
Just as we are proud of our children when they do well, God is pleased with his Son Jesus. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, God said, “…This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5).
If we accept the fact that Jesus is God’s Son, we too must love him. We also must be pleased with him. And we must listen to him and obey what he says.