The Father’s Business

Philip Rabon   -  

Have you ever left your kid at church? We’ve heard people tell the stories of the mom thought dad had the kid, and the dad thought mom had the kid, and nobody had the kid! Well, if that’s you…you’re in good company! Jesus’ parents didn’t leave Him at church, but they left Him in Jerusalem during Passover when He was 12 years old!

The Bible only gives us a brief snapshot of the early years of Jesus’ life, and we find this event recorded in Luke 2. This is probably His first time going with them. Actually, Mary and Joseph travel a full day’s journey before they realize He is missing! When they find Him, Luke 2:48-49 records this for us: “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. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

What a powerful question Jesus asks His parents. Know you not that I must be about my Father’s business?

How about you today? Have you forgotten that your calling in this life is to be about the Father’s business?  

He said, “I MUST.” 

There was no other choice for Him. It was an absolute must for Him on a daily basis. How about you today? Have you been living with an “I must” mentality for God? It’s easy to get distracted with temporary things that grasp for our focus and attention. If we are not careful, we will be distracted and allow days and weeks to pass that have no intentionality for the Lord.

He said, “BE”

We are human beings, not human doings. God is not looking for you to follow a checklist of things to do today, but He wants you to be for His glory. The right actions will flow out of a life that is genuinely trying to be what He desires for you to be.

He said, “about my FATHER’S BUSINESS”

What is the Father’s business? The Father’s business is not something that only takes place on Sunday. The Father’s business happens every single day and can be found in the normalcy of life. The Father’s business is not usually found on a stage, shouted from a loud speaker, or talked about on the nightly news. The Father’s business happens in your home, mom and dad. Leading your children to love and live for Jesus. The Father’s business happens during your daily errands as you meet and interact with people. The Father’s business is during your work wherever it carries you. 

We often miss the Father’s business because we don’t have the “I must be about it” mentality. 

Pause. Pray. Ask the Father what is His business for you today? Then do it.