Saturday, January 1, 2011

God’s Business Is Priority Over Ours

By: Deryl S. Lampkin

The very first recorded words spoken by Jesus occurred in Luke 2:49 when Jesus was 12 years old.

Luk 2:49         And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"

Luke 2:41 through 2:48 give us the setting of this profound statement.

Luk 2:41          Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Luk 2:42          And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Luk 2:43         And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not [of it].
Luk 2:44         But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among [their] kinsfolk and acquaintance.
Luk 2:45           And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
Luk 2:46         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.
Luk 2:47         And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Luk 2:48         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.

So we see Jesus at the tender age of twelve, was fully conscious of his mission and calling. He fully understood that he was on earth to do the will of his heavenly Father. Therefore, the very first lesson he taught was that:

Lesson 1: We Must Be About God’s Business

That is our primary and foremost purpose on earth. Jesus demonstrated that life is not about pursuing the cares of this world but it is about being a vessel that God can use to channel his spirit through and cause the will of God to be established on earth just as it is in heaven.

The Business of God, What Is It?

The business of God is the work of redeeming fallen mankind from the curse of sin and self-destruction and restoring them to having power and authority to rule over the earth and produce holy and righteous fruit in it.

The Church is the Body of Christ, which is the physical manifestation of Christ on earth. The spirit of Christ dwells in us and we are to yield our minds and bodies to that spirit.

Christ Establishes the Kingdom of God Through Us

This enables Christ to manifest himself through us. He is able to continue to do the work of restoring righteousness in the earth and putting all things under his feet. Our role in this work is to present our bodies as living sacrifices and yield our body members over to works of righteousness. This is more than a reasonable request of God since Christ willingly died for us. We are to be more than willing to live for him.

Be Filled With the Spirit and Lose the Spiritual Weight

We must continually lay aside every weight and distraction that hinders us from diligently pursuing God’s business and put God’s will above our own. We have overly concerned ourselves with the cares of this crooked and perverse world and have grossly neglected the business of God. It is time for us to sober up from being under the influence of this world system and start truly living under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit of God and Christ.

Amen and Amen

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