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Today let’s look at a snapshot of Jesus when He was young. Starting in verse 41 we see a Jesus as a 12 year old. Let’s see what we can learn about growth from Him for our lives.
The setting of this story is a yearly festival called Passover. Jesus went through the festival just like everyone else. Yet after the festival young Jesus stays behind. He is found in the temple courts listening and asking questions.
His parents come back to find Him there and they are concerned because they missed Him and were worried. Jesus’ answer was profound, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
Jesus may have only been 12 at the time, but we can learn a lot from this small passage of scripture. Even as a child He knew His purpose was to do God’s will.
First, Jesus followed the customs of His people. He readily joined in the celebrations and worshiped God along with His family. But, this tradition was not enough for Jesus. He wanted more.
He stayed behind to learn more. He sat among the experts who knew more than He did. He listened to how they taught. He even asked questions of those people and expected an answer.
As Christian business owners, we are usually the top-dog in our businesses. Everyone looks up to us. If we want to grow, we must get out of our comfort zone and get around those from whom we can learn. We must find the experts and those who are in line with God. We must commit to learn always.
Jesus asked questions. Even as an adult in the midst of His ministry here on earth we see Him always asking questions. There is power in questions. We seek to understand, learn and grow. We help others see the truths around them and we are found to be open to what God is doing.
We must not get caught up in doing what we have always done. We must open our lives up to God and what He wants for us. Jesus went directly to God’s house. He asked questions and listened for answers.
If you want to grow, ask questions, listen for answers and always be about your Father’s business. Find time to really seek out what God wants for your life and your business. Follow these steps and you will grow like Jesus did here on earth.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52