What Jesus Did! 'Establishing Faith at an Early Age' — Luke 2:41-47

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the feast like they always did. When the feast days were finished, they went home. But the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know about it. Joseph and Mary traveled for a whole day. They thought that Jesus was with them in the group. They began to look for him among their family and close friends. But Joseph and Mary did not find Jesus in the group. So they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there. After three days they found him. Jesus was sitting in the temple area with the religious teachers, listening and asking them questions. Everyone heard him. They were amazed at his understanding and wise answers.
— Luke 2:41-47 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:41-47 NLT —  They were amazed at his understanding and wise answers.

Key Thought

So often parents wait until their child is older or in trouble to begin trying to get them involved in spiritual matters. By then, it can often be too late to make a big difference. God wants us to start early in our children's lives! That way it is a lifelong foundation that goes with them every step of their way. Don't waste a moment; don't neglect an opportunity to read Bible stories, discuss life, and pray lovingly with your children or grandchildren!

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, please bless my efforts to pass on a vibrant faith to my children and grandchildren. Help me keep my priorities and my schedule in order so I can fulfill this awesome responsibility and this glorious opportunity with the children that I love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2Timothy 3:14-17
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • Ephesians 6:1-4


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.