Live Your Destiny – Luke 2:48-50
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 2:41-52
And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. (Luke 2:48-50)
I find a bit of parental irony in this passage. Joseph and Mary had been searching for days to find Jesus, and when they finally found him in the Temple, they’re astonished. And so is Jesus.
Mom & Dad: “Why are you here?”
Jesus: “Why would I not be here?”
I can relate a bit because when I was that age, I often snuck away from my parents. But I wasn’t looking to hang out at church and discuss the things of God, my intentions were a bit more deviant. Then again, I was a lost teenager, without purpose or direction.
And of course, Jesus was not. Even at twelve, He knew exactly who He was, and what His purpose was. He was the Son of God, and His purpose was to be about His Father’s business.
My point? Our understanding of who we are determines how we live our lives.
If I believe I’m a nobody, with no purpose, no reason to exist, it affects the way I live my life. That’s why evolution is such an insidious theory, because if we truly came from the “goo, to the zoo, to you…” then there’s truly no purpose in life.
But if I understand that in Christ, I am a child of God, created with purpose and value, it changes everything.
Saint, you need to know today that through your relationship with Jesus Christ, you have been given the right to be a child of God:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:3)
And you have been given the purpose of being a beacon of hope, the light of salvation, that shines brightly in a dark world:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)
That is who you are – go and live your destiny.
We can save the world, one life at a time…