Scripture Luke 2:41-51
When Jesus was 12 years old, he remained in the temple among the religious leaders listening and asking questions. When his adopted father and his mother came looking for him and inquired why he had remained behind. His reply, he had to be about His father’s work [paraphrase]. Even at a young age, he was totally clear about his mission. He was engaged in the work of God. And just what was this work, and why was it so important? It was the inner work of clarifying who God is, and why we should believe in Him.
Jesus is still engaged in this work. He is still listening, addressing questions to our hearts. This major work involves clearing out the debris and filth of the sin that so easily besets us. Think about it, as beloved children of God, we too are called to listen to the sweet voice of the Savior, to inquire, to seek Him, to ask questions, and then bring the light of the message of the gospel to the whole world. It is a courageous act. Just as it took courage for Jesus to remain behind and stay in the temple listening, and teaching those much older than he the truth of God.
Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light wrote in his book “Lightposts for Living: The Art of Choosing a Joyful Life” about the day when he choose a difference path that the one his teachers told was the way to go. He said, “Suddenly I realized that the self-centered, self-serving artistic approach I was being taught was just the opposite of what I wanted my life and my art to be about. And at that moment a different philosophy began to form itself in my mind, one that has driven my life and career ever since.” He realized his art was not about him, but about the people who would be touched by the gift. Thomas Kinkade made a decision, and became clear about his purpose. And the world has enjoyed his gift, and will for many years to come.
Jesus came because he was clear about his direction and purpose. His purpose was clear-salvation for us. Are you clear about your purpose and direction? Are you about the Father’s work?
I hope so. The world needs your light.