Luke 2:49 (AMP) And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me [a]to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business?
There is an interesting business naming practice characterized by the South Easterners in Nigeria. Businesses were usually named with the name of the founding businessman with the addition of the phrase, “And Sons Enterprise”. So there were businesses with names such as ‘Emeka and Sons Enterprise”, Chuks and Sons Enterprise”, “Buchi and Sons Enterprises ” etcetera. And true to the name, the founding-father usually trains their sons in the family business so they could continue the business long after the father is gone.
Luke chapter 2 narrates the story of the birth of Jesus right down to when he went with his parents for the Passover feast in Jerusalem and he stayed behind. His parents went searching for him and found him in the temple dialoguing with the teachers of the law in the temple. When Mary asked him
“Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You”, his response was do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business? And that was exactly what he did till he left this world. Remember his response to his disciples when they came back with food for him while he was by the well in Samaria? He said, ““My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
The idea of sonship comes with a sense of responsibility.
God has an ‘enterprise’. There is a Father’s business that we must be engaged in as sons. God has work and assignments that he desires to accomplish through us. A son, a responsible one, must be diligent to discover what it is the Lord would have him do. He must actively seek to know, ‘what would you have me do? What part will you have me play in your agenda?’ When he discovers it, he must spend his life, time, and resources doing it. It is irresponsibility to think that you can go about your business and only dedicate church services to God.
The Father’s business is not only done from the pulpit, in fact, it is largely done outside of it. Have you discovered the part apportioned to you in the Father’s business? Are you about it?
Go into today determined to engage in the Father’s business and to make it your lifelong vocation.
Bible In One Year: I Chronicles 1-4 (In Devotional Audio)
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