HOST: Michael Whitworth
Today’s Reading: Luke 2:41-52
"Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man."
From the early age of twelve years old, Jesus demonstrated a remarkable understanding of the importance of doing the will of God. Throughout His life, He never wavered from that same determination—to do God’s will and fulfill His purpose. As in every aspect of His life, Jesus is, in this passage, a wonderful and perfect example for us! Certainly, we understand that, as the Son of God, Jesus had a very special relationship with God and a unique purpose on this earth. Nevertheless, His example is powerful, and we should learn from Him that our primary and greatest purpose and motivation in life should be to be about our Father’s business.
What are some things that your family can do to be about the Father’s business?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!