41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 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; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 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. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 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.”49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
Luke 2:41-50 | NKJV
- The call of purpose is captivating.
- Our position with God is greater than our condition with men.
- What we cannot not do reveals our passion and purpose.
- Callings exceed comprehension
The Business of Ministry
Business – structure or systems of operation.
5 – Global Principles
1 – Elevation begins with descension.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name
Philippians 2:8-9 | NKJV
2 – We receive what we prepare for.
Many people hope to be elected to heaven who are not even running for the office! – Author unknown
3 – Submission is the doorway to promotion.
4 – Value is realized through whom we serve.
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 | NKJV
5 – The Father’s business is a secret revealed.
10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see,And hearing they may not understand.’
Luke 8:10 | NKJV