The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.
Jesus didn’t live a very successful life if judged by the standards most people use to define success.
Jesus didn’t have much money. He didn’t have a wife and family. No house. Not many honors during His lifetime.
Yet, today this Teacher stands head and shoulders above every other person who ever lived.
And here, He gives His students the secret to His most successful life.
He always did what pleased the Father!
This is the kind of life the Teacher lived and the kind of life He wants to help His students enjoy.
This is a successful life because in pleasing God we are satisfying the One who created us. We are fulfilling the purposes He had in mind from the beginning when He created us.
The most successful life – by the world’s standards – is really a complete failure if it does not please God. Does not meet with the approval of heaven!
Does it really matter? How much money one accumulates, how many accolades, how many accomplishments – if at the end of life - our Creator is not pleased with how we lived.
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”
This is why Jesus is the Teacher. He alone lifts our lives above and beyond earthly concerns to the heavenly. Students of this Teacher learn how to live a life that is pleasing to God.