Purpose

Young Jesus in TempleI wonder what it was like being Joseph and Mary and watching Jesus grow up.  Some people have this goofy idea that Jesus didn’t become the “Christ” until He was baptized.  But Jesus knew long before His baptism what He was about.  He knew His purpose.

When Jesus reached the age of twelve, His family made their regular trip to Jerusalem to worship.  As happens with large “tour” groups, some people get separated from the group.  It wasn’t until the tour had started back to Nazareth that Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus wasn’t with the group.  They panicked, headed back to the city, and spent three days searching until they finally found Him in the Temple.  He had been having deep discussions with the religious teachers, all of whom were amazed at His understanding.  When His mom scolded Him for causing them such panic, He answered, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. (Luke 2:49–50)

From an early age He knew what He was to be about.  He was to be about His Father’s business.  Why should they have been surprised to find Him in His Father’s house?  You and I don’t have the same calling as Jesus, but we do have a calling (Eph. 2:10).  Others may not understand, but God has us on this planet for a reason.  He has things for you to do, places to go, people to see.  You have a purpose.