In an age of distraction, I find it increasingly difficult to spend quality time with Jesus. My environment needs to be set just right and my morning routine exact in order to build in time for Jesus. Well, only after I make my coffee, check my email, Twitter, etc., then read a book, do I feel able to give some time to Jesus, but this is not right. We, as Christians, should strive to have Jesus present in our hearts and mind at all times. There is a passage in Luke 2 where Jesus speaks to how we should think about our daily activities. As some background, Jesus stays behind after Passover for a few extra days, unbeknownst to his parents, who expect him to be travelling with a group. They return to Jerusalem to find him speaking to teachers in the temple and asking them questions. (Luke 2:43-48 NKJV):
When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
I love the image painted in this story: Jesus, the Savior of humanity, as a 12-year-old boy curiously asking questions to the teachers of His time - and not only asking questions but providing answers that impressed the crowd. He demonstratesHis inquisitive nature and ability to connect with people on a personal and spiritual level. We can learn from His devotion to learning and can apply the principles of listening, understanding, and questioning to our daily spiritual lives.
Upon discovery in the temple by His frantic parents, I am impressed by Jesus’s calm response. When His parents explain their 3-day search party, Jesus responds by saying, (Luke 2:49 NKJV)
“Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
There is no halfway with Jesus. He has to be about the Father. Nothing is coincidental. Jesus is in such close communion with the Father that Hhe must be growing closer to Him. There is an eternal purpose and wisdom about Him superseding all other needs and wants. How can we demonstrate the same perspective?
Being about our Father’s business involves being about the things God loves. It involves allowing the Holy Spirit to advance the Lord’s Kingdom through our relationships, conversations, and questions.
It is time for me to stop allowing distractions to prevent me from furthering my relationship with Jesus. I want to be about my Father’s business. We all should.