It’s interesting how sometimes you will have conversations and wonder to yourself, “what did that mean?” When that happens do you just dust it off or do you take a hold of it to see what it could mean later? Do you put that in your back pocket for later? Today’s reading is interesting as just such a situation arises where Jesus says something but his parents don’t fully grasp it, but His mother put that into her memory chest (in her heart).
41Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. 43When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; 44they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. 46On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. 48His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” 49He answered them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand his answer. 51So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people. –Luke 2:41-52
Ever been somewhere and heard someone say “out of the mouth of babes”? It’s interesting how the filter that seems to build up as we get older doesn’t exist with children. They speak what they believe and trust. As I even say that it reminds me of how Jesus spoke of how we are to have the faith like a child. We are to be more like children! Ever had the conversation, when are you going to grow up? Ever heard a response that well I know I am getting older, but do I have to grow up? It’s a fine line because we also need to mature in our knowledge and trust of God so that we can go from milk to the meat of the matter. We see this spoken to in 1 Corinthians as well as in Hebrews. So do you see the difference? Do you notice what was being spoken and the truth of the situation? Will you hope and trust God like a child? Will you take your wisdom and knowledge of God and share it with others like an adult? How will your light shine in the world around you? How will you allow God’s process to work in and through you? What will be seen as you build your life on the foundation of Jesus with Jesus as your cornerstone? When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became new! We were born again, but this time into the spiritual realm. So let’s allow our thoughts to come into alignment with God’s thoughts! Let’s allow His will to be our will. Let’s allow time with God daily to renew our minds! Let’s allow time with God daily to build our relationship with Him. Let’s live the transformed life God has given us as a gift!
17In the Lord’s name, then, I warn you: do not continue to live like the heathen, whose thoughts are worthless 18and whose minds are in the dark. They have no part in the life that God gives, for they are completely ignorant and stubborn. 19They have lost all feeling of shame; they give themselves over to vice and do all sorts of indecent things without restraint. 20That was not what you learned about Christ! 21You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. 22So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy. –Ephesians 4:17-24
Let’s get rid of things that distract, destroy, deceive us! Let’s hold onto the truth and renew our minds, getting rid of the junk and replacing it with hope, love, and truth. Let’s devote ourselves to living in alignment with God’s plans and God’s will for our lives!
57You are all I want, O Lord; I promise to obey your laws.
58I ask you with all my heart to have mercy on me, as you have promised!
59I have considered my conduct, and I promise to follow your instructions.
60Without delay I hurry to obey your commands.
61The wicked have laid a trap for me, but I do not forget your law.
62In the middle of the night I wake up to praise you for your righteous judgments.
63I am a friend of all who serve you, of all who obey your laws.
64Lord, the earth is full of your constant love; teach me your commandments.