How old were you when you knew what you were made for? What your calling was? What your purpose is?
20? 30? 40? or are you still trying to figure that out?
Jesus was 12. At least the earliest record of him saying as much.
Can you imagine being 12 years old and knowing what your purpose is?
As Jesus participated in the first Passover feast in Jerusalem with His earthly family, He found Himself in the Temple. He was able to teach and answer the questions of the brightest scholars of His time.
His parents headed back to their home in Nazareth without even realizing He was missing. After the first night of travelling home, they had to turn around to go look for Him. After searching for Him for three days, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the Temple, teaching and answering questions. When they rebuked Him for making them worry, Jesus answered with the words,
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
(Luke 2;49 NKJV)
Jesus knew His purpose at twelve years old. He knew that His job was to do what God had called Him to do: to build a bridge for the people of the world to come back into a relationship with God.
We aren’t called to build that bridge-only Jesus could do that. But we are called to show people where the bridge is and give them the chance to cross it.
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Our business is not about making the bottom line grow; it’s not about innovation and awards; it’s not even about making money to support the Kingdom work. Our business is only about Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That’s it. The one purpose we have in this world: pointing others to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
It is so easy to get distracted in this world. Shiny objects are constantly flying in our faces seeking to derail us from doing the Father’s business. Out to-do-lists are long, our time is short. People are clamoring for us to meet their needs and get things done. We get side-tracked from what really matters.
Jesus was not deterred. He started at 12 years old and continued on until His death (and resurrection) around 21 years later. He never wavered from the course and the calling of God on His life.
Do we waver?
Of course we do. We are only human. But even when we waver, we have a choice of whether or not to get back on course. To get back to the Father’s business.
Can I challenge you to re-focus? Re-calibrate your goals to be about that one thing, and let God take care of the rest. He did it for Jesus. Jesus focused on the work God gave Him to do and God took care of everything else.
When we focus on the Father’s Business, God will:
- Arrange our schedules to suit His plans
- Connect us with people that need Him
- Give us the power to do His will
- Bless us for our obedience
The only thing we need to do is be about our Father’s business.
What about you?
Are you ready to be about your Father’s business?
How can you keep a singular focus on God and His plan?
What difference will your work and life make if you change your focus to match your Father’s?