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About-Him.Com Devotional 05-03-2014
Our Father’s Business
When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took Him from their home in Nazareth to the annual Passover feast at the temple in Jerusalem. Throughout His childhood, Jesus had received constant instruction in the scriptures. At twelve years of age, He was now considered to be a child of the law.
Jesus got separated from His parents as they left to go home, thinking that He was in the company of family and friends. After one day had pasted, the parents realized that He was missing and retraced their steps, searching for the lost boy as they went. After three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors of the law, both hearing them and answering their questions. Everybody who heard him was amazed at His understanding and the answers that He gave.
Mary wasn’t so quick to discern the situation. She questioned Jesus as to why He had caused them such distress. Jesus replied to the effect of, “Don’t you understand, Who I am and that I have business to take care of, My Father’s business?”
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Theologians dispute how much the earthly Jesus realized at this time that He was both God and man. It appears to me that at this point He was coming to the full realization of who He was and what His mission on earth would be. There would be no turning back. He would continue on the same course until He hung on the cross at Calvary and uttered those timeless words, “ …Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit“ and “...It is finished” - (Lu. 23:46; Jn. 19:13).
So the question is: Is this not the example that we as baptized and Spirit filled believers must follow without wavering? Of course it is.
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. Commissioned to preach the gospel:
In Mark 16:15 -20 we read of the Lord giving the great commission to the crowd who had gathered around Him after His resurrection. They were to go into the all of the world and preach the gospel. After telling them this, they saw Him ascend into heaven. The result? They went everywhere and preached what they had seen and God confirmed their words, with signs following. I sure that they all had homes, businesses and other cares of life, but none of this mattered. They had been communing with the risen Savior for forty days and He had been instructing them in things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Ac. 2:3).
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
After the descent of the Spirit at Pentecost (Ac. 2:4) and the resulting persecution, the disciples were scattered abroad and they went everywhere, preaching the word (Ac. 8:4), no doubt with even much more fervor than before.
It is evident that by the time of the epistles, things had cooled down a bit. Jesus told us that this would happen in the Parable of the Sower. Thus the need for these apostolic reminders.
Romans 13:11 ¶ And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5 ¶ Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Redeeming the time for the days are evil.
We are all captives of time. The alarm goes off every morning and we hustle off, half awake to work. We schedule time for work, shopping, sports, home cleaning and repairs and of course, entertainment, and the list goes on and on.
Song: Have You Anytime for Jesus
Somewhere in the midst of all this activity, we have to redeem the time to do the work of the kingdom. Martin Luther is quoted as saying that he had so much work to do that day that he couldn’t possibly get it all done, unless he prayed for three hours. I don’t know about praying three hours, but a little more prayer would certainly help me to understand what my priorities are in relation to the kingdom of God. Anybody identify? Do I hear an amen?
Speaking of time, the apostle Paul warned us of perilous times to come in the last days. I believe we have arrived at that time and that it is time to seize the moment.As we read down his list, is there anything there that is not being manifested in our day? If you have any doubt, just pick up a newspaper or turn on the news.
2 Timothy 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We have a mandate and an anointing to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. Nothing else is as important as this.
Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
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