Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 18)
My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.
John 5:17 (NKJV)
The works that I do in My Father's Name, they bear witness of Me... Though you do not believe Me, believe the works...
John 10:25,38 (NKJV)
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
John 17:4 (NKJV)
Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!
Revelation 15:3 (NKJV)
At the age of 12, Jesus was brilliant, bold and mission-minded. He had a job to do, and He wanted to begin. On a group trip to Jerusalem, He hung back at 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' (Luke 2:46-47).
Unwittingly, His parents left town without Him. When they discovered Jesus missing, they returned to Jerusalem, and it took three days to find Him. His mother asked, 'Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously' (v.48).
The young King's response was plucky: 'Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?' (v.49). Yet afterward, He remained subject to them and worked as a Carpenter for 18 more years. Why? To practice. To practice what we must practice: how to live a righteous life in the midst of a troubled world. It took time, because God wanted Him to face what we face--and more.
Therein, 'Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men' (v.52). Even for Him, as a Boy and a Man, growing up in God took practice to make His work perfect.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be patient. God 'Will neither slumber nor sleep' (Psalm 121:4). He continues to work marvelous and personal miracles every day. Earth is building to a major climax. Perhaps like you, I feel time pushing and pressing me toward one urgent Goal: meeting Jesus.
'For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them' (Ephesians 2:10). I want to do what I have been called to do. Like young Jesus, I want to do it now.
Nevertheless, God has a whole show to direct, and we cannot know His timing. But we do know one thing: we must continue to practice. We must be ready, willing and able for any job He calls us to do.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.