Luke 2:43, 46-49 – Wist ye not that we must…

Luke 2:43, 46-49
43
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Look at Jesus’ answer in verse 49, “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” “Wist ye not” simply means“don’t you realize”.  It should seem obvious that it is Jesus’ lot to follow the Father’s business, but I find it striking how even as child, Jesus articulated this, “I must be about my Father’s business.”  Now why would someone who has the power to do anything, say that they must be about the Father’s business?  It’s as if Jesus is saying that for those of us who have the ability to do something, anything- the only things worth doing are the things that please God.  That means everything that Jesus did; all the teachings, all the healings, all the feedings.  He didn’t teach to hear His own voice; He taught because it was the Father’s business.  He didn’t heal people because they needed healing; He healed because it was the Father’s business.  He didn’t feed people because they were hungry; He fed them because it was the Father’s business. Jesus tells us in John 6:38“I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” Good works are great, but good works cannot be a motive unto themselves.  It is not enough to simply be busy, or pious, or even charitable; the only thing that matters is fulfilling the Father’s will.

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