Thursday, July 10, 2014


Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.   (Luke 2:51-52) 
Although what Jesus was meant to do--His Fathers businesshad already been embraced by Him, when He was to do it was placed on hold.  Days of private obscurity would prepare Him for days of public ministry. 
For eighteen years, Jesus lived as a model son in Joseph and Mary's house.  He contented Himself with living in humility working in a carpenter's shop.  He was being groomed for His life mission by lowly submission. 
If we seek the spotlight and sulk if we don't have it, then it will ruin us when it does shine on us.  Don't run ahead of God!  We must content ourselves with being a dealer in hope to those around us, and God may choose to give us a wider audience someday.  God knows where you are and how to get you where He wants you to be.
What happened for Jesus during those hidden years between the events at age twelve in the Temple and His stepping into the Jordan River to be baptized and beginning at age thirty and those three and one-half years of redemptive work?  Growthin every dimension of life as He matured intellectually, in wisdom; physically, in stature;  spiritually, in favor with God; socially, and men.   We must grow into the size of work God has for us, and such time is never wasted if we apply ourselves to development as disciples.

Just because you can’t do the “big thing” you dream about today, will that mean you will not do the “best thing” you are capable of doing this day?

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