‘…the Child grew and became strong…’ Luke 2:40 NKJV
When do we get our first clue that Jesus knows He is the Son of God? In the temple when He was 12 years old. His parents are three days into the return trip to Nazareth before they notice He’s missing. The temple is the last place they search, but it’s the first place Jesus goes. By the time Joseph and Mary locate their son, He has confounded the most learned scholars in the temple. As a boy, Jesus already senses the call of God. But what does He do next? Recruit disciples and preach sermons? No, He goes back home and learns the family business. That’s what you should do! Before you attempt to do great things for God, go home, love your family and take care of business. ‘But I’m called to be a missionary,’ you say. Good, because your first mission field is where you live! What makes you think you’ll be believed by those who barely know you, if you’re not credible to those who know you best? Charity begins at home! The Psalmist says, ‘…I will lead a life of integrity in my own home.’ (Psalm 101:2 NLT) For His first 30 years, Jesus’ neighbours remembered Him as a worker. ‘…He’s just a carpenter…’ (Mark 6:3 NLT) Jesus spent years developing a work ethic, sharpening His vocational skills and supporting His family. ‘…He had to be one of us…’ (Hebrews 2:17 CEV) Why did Jesus do it that way? So He would know how we feel, and so we’d be confident in going to Him with our needs, knowing He’s qualified and able to meet them. So, start where you are!
SoulFood: Amos 1:1-5:17, Luke 17:11-19, Ps 119:137-144, Pr 18:22-24