What Would Jesus Like

Michael Beck

“… Because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.” (Isaiah 56:4,5)

In the moral sphere we are not entitled to our own likes and dislikes. God does not give us the privilege to cater to any pleasure of ours that is contrary to His. When what pleases us clashes with what pleases God, our pleasure must yield. By the Spirit of Christ within us, who always did what pleased the Father, we can change if we are willing to. Or, we can be stubborn and continue to choose those things that God does not delight in.

When we get saved, God does not leave us as we are. He enters us to renovate our whole being. Real change in our behavior starts when our spirit is united to the Spirit of Christ who realigns us with the Father at the deepest level of our being. Those things that we thought were simply part of us can be gone from us when we are willing to cooperate with the Spirit. At salvation, He begins to operate within us to will and do of God’s good pleasure. He lets us know what pleasures of ours are incompatible with God’s pleasure. Transformation depends on our cooperation with Him.

Freedom is not found in discovering our true self; it is found in being like Christ. He can and does change us when we unite ourselves with His Spirit and choose to like what He likes.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.