A friend wrote, “It’s going to be hard but I am going to try to make Jesus proud of me every day.”
He is already proud of us everyday and all day, and permanently so. In Hebrews it says that he is not ashamed to call us his brothers:
“For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren…”
It is also the case that God the Father (and the Son and the Holy Spirit) is never ashamed to be called OUR God:
“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”
Even when he is disciplining us for sin in order to make us more holy, he never for one moment ceases to be proud of us.
We are NOT on some sort of treadmill of performance “good-works-treadmill” as Jesus watches on taking notes! He sees our good works and the incredible amount of failures and sins but he doesn’t smile and frown off and on all day! Proud one moment and disappointed in us the next; and just downright ashamed that we are actually his brothers. NO! There is no “Shun… /… Unshun.”
He sees us as perfect because he not only died for our forgiveness but he lived and was resurrected for our righteousness. He gives us his perfect righteousness to wear as a white robe, legally speaking, and is always proud of us, and sees us as perfect with respect to who we REALLY are. Of course he sees our sins and moral failures in this life, but he LOOKS AT US (“recognize us” *) as covered with his own glorious righteousness. And he looks at us as we shall be in heaven, which is the true us. Perfectly pure in heart and in deeds!
- Romans 5:11
“And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
- Hebrews 10:14
“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”