Meditation for Perfectionists – Thursday June 04, 2020
Conducting God’s Business
Luke 2:41-51: “[Knew] ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (v.49, The New Scofield Reference Bible, AKJV).
Jesus’ reply to his parent’s question was surprising, yet we are not told that he apologized. He loved his parents and after simply explaining that he was committed to doing God the Father’s business, he rejoined them and remained obedient. What his family and friends’ thought he should do was not Jesus’ major concern. He was committed to doing God’s will.
We, too, are responsible for our commitments to God’s plan for us. If someone else does not have the same spiritual focus, that is all right. In Telling Yourself the Truth, William Backus writes, “Other people have the right not to share my burden for my ministry.” This truth releases us to fulfill our God-given gifts and call without trying to impose them on anyone else. Like the young Jesus, we can live harmoniously with others and yet remain true to who and what God has called us to be.
Lord, regardless of the reaction of my family and friends,
I am committed to the business you have for me.
Please give me the courage of that twelve-year-old child.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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