In the world but not of it

May 8, 2010

My Father’s business…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49

In looking at this statement a bit closer in the original language, it actually is better translated as “didn’t you know that I would be about my Father’s business?”…

When Jesus remained back at the temple for three days, instructing those that were there, it was not something unnatural for him. We can’t know all the details of how he actually ended up there or what events transpired that week of Passover to cause a young boy to make such a decision apart from his parents, but because we know who He is we are not as surprised by this action as perhaps those at the time might have been.

In other words, nothing we see Jesus doing is a surprise to us or out of character for Him. We know He was going about His Father’s business and although the scriptures don’t fully explain his parent’s reaction when they found him I believe they weren’t surprised either (Luke 2:50-52).

What about us? When people see us or hear about us are they surprised by what they learn? Can we say of ourselves that we are going about our Father’s business?

Are our lives different enough from those in the world for others to notice? Sometimes we get confused about what God wants us to do and we have the tendency to overcomplicate matters. Jesus knew exactly what He needed to do. In fact in John 13:3 we see the proof of that “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God”.

To go about our Father’s business is to be faithful where He has placed us currently, look for opportunities to share and encourage presently and continue to pray for future direction expectantly…


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