Scripture ~ Luke 2:42-49 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 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. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 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. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 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. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
Observation ~ It always struck me that Jesus was TWELVE when this took place. He wasn't 'hanging with his friends', he was purposeful in what he was doing. How many twelve year olds would be mature enough to do this? Not many that I know of. There is a wonderful teaching on this that I stumbled onto many years ago now, and it's now available to listen to online. Please, if you have children of any age, carve out an hour to listen, it's well worth the time investment. There is such work to be done, we have no time to waste.
Application ~ Train, train, train. Be purposeful in what I'm expecting of the children. Always be questioning if what we're doing is, indeed, training them to biblical early maturity.
Prayer ~ Father, you know that all too often I fail at parenting my children. Thank you, for the grace you have covered them with thus far. Please continue to bless our efforts, that they may be a blessing to you for the good of your kingdom and your glory.
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