This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
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)
Every parent knows the instant panic that sets in the moment you think your child is missing. I remember a moment where one of my children had wondered away for just a few seconds; your heart races, panic and adrenaline pulse. Mary and Joseph had gone a full day’s journey without realizing their son was not with them. Not finding him they anxiously returned to Jerusalem.
Mary exclaimed, 48 “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought You anxiously.” You can sense the combination of relief and frustration. Jesus’ response, “I must be about My Father’s business,” must have encouraged his parents.
Letting go of my kids will probably be the hardest thing I do as a parent. I have to remember they are not really mine, they are His. My greatest job and joy as a parent are to connect them to their heavenly Father. This is both a humbling privilege and encouraging promise. The apostle John said (3 Jn 1:4) “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” All of us have a heavenly Father who loves us with an everlasting love. God loves our kids even more than we do! Mary and Joseph serve as a great example of parents who loved their son enough to teach him about His heavenly Father. As parents we will give an account for what we do with these treasures. May all of us be about our Father’s business!