Luke 2:46-49 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?
Who among us has not said to our parents “I’m ready.”? Growth in Christ will come faster for some than others. There will be some who demonstrate an ability to reason and relate the deeper things of God so that elders are astonished at those gifts.
If you only look at the young Jesus here in this story you will miss out on a typical worldly reaction because Jesus submitted to His parents and return home. What if Jesus had stayed? How would the world have reacted to this young man?
The world would have glorified this young boy, not God the Father. They would have treated Him as a wunderkind. They would have propped Him up to be one of their own, boasting of their find. The story would have changed in ways we cannot predict.
The takeaway here for you children of God that have demonstrated recognizable gifts is right service to God. Having identified gifts does not mean you have the wisdom to use them to glorify God. Others may well seek to “put you to work”. Have you yet discerned the will of God to use your gifts to glorify God? Don’t allow others to treat you like a wunderkind.
The gifts from God are meant to glorify God not man.
Psalm 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
For a better understanding of what is considered here a perfect man, let us look to the Hebrew meaning. It is tam H8535 and is defined as complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically, gentle, dear: which is not necessarily how the world defines perfection. Also looking to the meaning of end, there is one word hidden among others which are obvious but significant. The word is issue, not having an issue but rather in the sense of fruit; e.g. fruit of the spirit.
This walk with Christ should be marked with peace issues. As I ended with yesterday with the words, “Peace is the road to maturity.” See how this verse applies to your walk with Christ.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
If you can find this peace of God in your heart you will discover that the next false step you are about to take will be missing that peace with God. That peace is very much a part of the lamp unto your feet.
Psalm 119:104-105 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The world, Satan and evil doers will do anything and everything to destroy that peace. Their cry is “if it feels good do it.” God’s peace does not scream at you. You have to seek it, know it and hold it dear.
Proverbs 3:17-18 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Read all of Proverb 3 to discover her identity.