Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:51-52 NKJV
When Jesus was twelve years old He went to be with the teachers in the temple. They were awe struck. Jesus was wise beyond His years. He understood the scriptures even though He was untrained and uneducated. He spoke with boldness and authority.
When His parents tracked Him down and asked why Jesus would do such a thing His answer could have been interpreted as defiance. Joseph could have taken it as a reminder He was not Jesus’ biological father.
I grew up in a home with a stepfather. It was like living in a cold war. My step father did not consider me his son. I did not consider him my father. We only spoke to each other when it was absolutely necessary.
I did not submit to his authority. He did not accept more responsibility for me than necessary. It left me emotionally scared. My life was dominated by sin until I was thirty- two years old.
When Joseph and Mary saw Jesus in the temple they were amazed. When He said He was on His Father’s business they did not understand. Mary pondered the things taking place and stored them up in her heart. What was going on in Joseph’s heart?
When Jesus walked the earth He demonstrated one aspect of His character more than any other. He modeled the humility He looks for in people. After reminding His mother and step father He was the Son of God He submitted to their authority over Him.
When I married my wife we had a daughter I had never met. She had two sons. I had two sons. I experienced the difficulties of being a father in every sense except biology. My sons rebelled against my authority.
We sinned against the Lord and each other. The God who hung the stars in the night sky and calls them all by name is calling me to humble myself. He is showing me why He chose Joseph to father His Son.
I do not know if you have experienced trial and hardship in your home. I do know the Lord is calling you to walk in humility.
The Lord wants His daughters to have a heart like Mary. She lived a quiet life of obedience to God. She served her Savior in unconditional love.
The Lord wants His sons to be like Joseph. He accepted his role as a servant leader. He lived in humility and obedience God.
Be subject to the authority in your life. Store up the Word of God in your heart like precious jewels. Walk in the favor of God through faith in His Son, Jesus!
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