I would venture to say that most of us would be found guilty of leading such busy lives today. We have the workplace to deal with; trying to keep the spark in our marriages; our kids to attend to; baseball games and dance classes to make; keeping the house up and attending to whatever chores we need to do; making sure we have time for the gym and exercise; getting to church on Sunday and whatever else you can think of to add to this long list. Just by reading this long list of stuff we need to do, can make one tired and feeling frustrated. Yet, in spite of the overwhelming long list of things we attend to daily, we still make a concerted effort to accomplish everything in our list.
In Luke 2:41-50 we read the account of when Jesus was a young boy, 12 years old, and He and his family went to Jerusalem to celebrate the yearly Feast of the Passover, which lasted for 7 days. When the feast was over, they began to make the long trip home, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem; though His parents were unaware of that. We read they traveled for a day before they realized Jesus wasn’t with them. Because they were traveling with such a large crowd; many relatives and friends, it would be easy to think their son was there in the midst of all the people. Once Joseph and Mary realized their son was not with them, as any parent would do, they immediately went back to Jerusalem to look for their son, Jesus. We read it took them 3 days to find Jesus. You can imagine the worry and fearful thoughts that were running thru their hearts and minds those 3 days as they searched everywhere for their son. “Where could Jesus be? Had someone taken Him away? Is He safe or fearing for His life right now? I wonder if our son has even had something to eat these past 3 days? Poor little Jesus, He must be fill with much fear right about now.”
On the third day, they found Jesus in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Now I don’t know what kind of parents you had growing up, but if that would have been my parents, I dare not think what would have happened to me after all I put them through the last 3 days. Words would have come out of my parents mouths that even though they would’ve been spoken in Spanish, I still could not list what they would say to me. There would have been no excuse good enough for me not to get such a spanking that you would have heard my cries for miles. Time outs, being grounded or whatever parents do today to their disobedient children would have been much better than what I was about to receive.
When they found Jesus, Mary said to Jesus, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.” I can safely say that would not have been what my mother would have said to me, but you can sense the great amount of tremendous anxiety in Mary’s words. Little 12-year-old Jesus calmly responds to His mother’s anxious words, reading out of the NKJV “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must ‘be about’ My Father’s business?” The words of the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:35 I’m sure suddenly came to Mary’s remembrance. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Think about it, where else would find the Son of God but about His Father’s work, His business.
The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 3;26 “You (he’s talking to you and me my friend) are all ‘sons of God’ through faith in Christ Jesus.” I am sad to say that too often I find that in my daily life, I am being about so many things other than about my Father’s business. Often I become more concerned about making time schedules, being successful, doing my job, getting everything right and so many other things that I miss all the golden opportunities, all the many open doors the Lord has provided in my daily walk to accomplish ‘His business’, which is by far the most important thing.
What is your life more about; what would you say is more important to you: making lots of money, finding the right contacts, making deals, being well liked or popular, the list goes on and on. My dear friend, accomplishing all these things in your life, though many may seem good, are pale in comparison to being obedient to be about the Father’s business in all that we do. At the end of my life I long one day to hear these words flow out of my Lord’s mouth, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” All our great accomplishments in the end will not impress our Lord, only being about His business is what touches our Lord’s heart. Let’s get busy my dear friend!!!!
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