Luke 2:42-50 “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? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.”
Mary and Joseph were spiritual people, but they didn’t understand what He was saying to them. 12 years after they were visited by angels, they kind of forgot and got used to Jesus being their little boy. ‘Jesus had to be about His father’s business.’
We all have to be about our Father’s business.
Hell doesn’t like it when we’re born again, filled with the Holy Ghost. Because not anymore do we have our own lives to live. Now, God can speak to us and lead us and do His business, do His will.
Do we do His purpose or our own? Do we get up and say, ‘I have to be about my Father’s business.’?
The wise men gave gifts, Anna the prophetess spoke over Him. Nine years passed until He spoke to the Doctors of His time. Then, another 18 years pass where we don’t know what was going on.
What do we know about Peter before he was a disciple? We know he was a fisherman and it was his dad’s business (and he was married). We know a little more about Paul because he was a persecutor of the church and his transformation reveals God’s glory.
I Kings 17:1 “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
We aren’t given any more information about Elijah before this point. Once he started being about his Father’s business, there is a record of it.
King David, we think about Goliath dying. David did two other things that are pretty noteworthy that are mentioned, he killed a bear and a lion, but there aren’t any movies about that. It’s not made a big deal of. It wasn’t a big deal because he was just doing his job as a shepherd. It was expected of him. However, when he wandered onto that battlefield, nobody expected him to step up and kill a giant. Nobody expected him to fulfill ‘his Father’s business.’ It didn’t matter what he was facing, it was for the kingdom. There weren’t any witnesses to his bear or lion killing, except sheep.
Rev 20:11-12 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
What do you think heaven would record about you and me right now? Jesus wouldn’t be thinking about your nice car or good business skills or being a good mom or being rich or accomplishments. What about finding a cure for cancer? Jesus has already been doing that for a long time. None of those things make a difference to Jesus. When we stand before Jesus, our accomplishments won’t matter. No matter how good a dad or mom you think you are, that won’t earn you a reward from Jesus. It’s ‘he or she obeyed My will.’ ‘If you love Me, you will obey Me.’
We must ‘be about our Father’s business.’
Not your house, your job, your work, your family, but ‘doing your Father’s business’ is what is important. Even if you don’t get the credit, doing His will gets a ‘well done’ from Jesus.
We need to be good mothers and fathers and work well and hard, but, this is not the standard we’ll be judged by. ‘In every great house there are vessels of gold, silver, wood, and earth…’ A vessel is just a container. Gold is for royalty, silver for nobility, wood for commoners, and earth for wastewater.
There are levels of reward. It is possible to get the same reward as Paul did, but one servant got 10 talents, another got 5 talents, and another just 1. The 10 and 5 talent ones doubled theirs. The 1 talent guy buried his. He didn’t even make it into heaven.
We need to do our Father’s business with all our hearts. We have to seek Him and listen and obey His voice.
We must have a spirit of unity and determination and honor. We need to seek after the gold and the silver, never settle for the wood or the earth. We are all called here to ‘be about our Father’s business.’
We struggle with sins because we’re not focused on our Father’s business. When we focus on doing His will, His voice, we don’t hardly have to try to get rid of things in our lives, they just fall away.
Ecc 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
‘To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.’
Ask the Lord, ‘What do You want me to do?’ If He wants you to go out of your ‘comfort zone,’ go. It’s His business and it’s good, very good.
If we seek first to do His business, He’ll take care of ours.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo.
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