What Jesus Did! – 'He Grew Up a Good Kid' – Luke 2:51-52
[After Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem to find Jesus,] he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Luke lets us know that Jesus was a good kid. As he grew up, he was obedient, he grew smarter, he made God proud, and he was liked by others. Like any loving parent, Mary stored up the memories of his childhood in her heart. There were no shortcuts for the Messiah. God’s Son had to grow up and live a life of character in a family just like any other child. His wisdom came as he grew. Yet all the while, God’s mission for him lay ahead. Think of it: If we cannot fathom God’s being fully in human flesh, what must it have been like for Mary and Joseph? Yet this divine mystery holds our healing, God’s grace, and the Savior’s glory. Now God calls us to grow, in all ways, to be like his Son.
Father, you know that I sometimes get tired and distracted in my spiritual development. Forgive my past times of spiritual laziness, and stir in me a holy passion to conform to your will and to grow ever more fully into the person you want me to be. In the name of Jesus and by the power of his transforming Spirit, may this be so. Amen.
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