About Our Father’s Business
In order to have a Jesus contact, we have to listen to how He communicates and watch how He acts. Why? Because the only way we make that contact is by emulating Him. That positions us for having a direct experience with Him.
The first time we are given an example to emulate (by looking at Jesus’ first recorded physical act) is found in the gospels when Jesus was approximately twelve years of age. He was with His family in Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. They had traveled in a large retinue and during their return to Nazareth, Mary and Joseph discovered that Jesus was missing! Immediately, they returned to Jerusalem whereupon they found Him in the Temple:
…they found Him [came upon Him] in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. And all who heard Him were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His intelligence and understanding and His replies. Luke 2:46, 47. AMP
Obviously, Jesus was heavenly-equipped at an early age for His task. And what task was that? Well, we get to find out when Mary and Joseph came upon Him and expressed their magnitude of worry over His absence. Jesus’ reply tells all:
Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business? Luke 2:49 AMP
If we are to try to be like Jesus, we have to be about our Father’s business as well. And what is that business? It’s to bring the message of the light of salvation to everyone we meet – just like He did:
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Jn. 1:29 NASB
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Jn. 3:16 – 18. NKJV
I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief only comes in order to kill and steal and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep. Jn. 10:9 – 11. AMP
God loves us all so much. He wants all of us to take that eternal ride with Him. This is a life or death message! As you can see, those that don’t know Christ are potentially condemned; and those who reject Him, well, there’s no ‘potential’ about it.
God is not asking you to take on a supernatural task, to become a super communicator; He’s only asking you to tell the Truth. God will do the work for His intended outcome.
You will be blessed in return. Let’s face it. No human being fully realizes him or herself and their happiness until they are freely practicing their rightful purpose – to serve God by serving others, i.e. by answering your highest calling.
Of course to serve in this fashion you will have to make some changes. Not in yourself. Christ never asks us to change who we are; He asks us to change our thoughts and actions. So we need to express these changes that our hope in the gospel has brought us – presenting ourselves as levelheaded, sensible, loving and filled with integrity and godly wisdom, in spite of the swill that surrounds us in this world.
We’re here to share the joy in our salvation, telling of the ‘yes’ that God is holding out for everyone – a guarantee of eternal love and reconciliation in spite of one’s history. He did that by sacrificing His Son for His fallen children, so that they might receive the Holy Spirit to facilitate their repentance and bolster their faith in the grace of God’s forgiveness.
Every time we speak of this gracious gift, we are speaking for Christ, acting for Christ, and thus journeying towards greater contact with our Jesus…