What Jesus Did! 'My Father's House' — Luke 2:48-50

Friday, February 6, 2015

When Jesus' parents saw him, they were amazed. His mother said to him, "Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you. We have been looking for you." Jesus said to them, "Why did you have to look for me? You should have known that I must be where my Father's (God's) work is!" But they did not understand the meaning of what he said to them.
— Luke 2:48-50 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:48-50 NLT — "Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you. We have been looking for you."

Key Thought

Jesus had a growing sense of purpose as he grew older. While he would apprentice in Joseph's carpenter shop, Jesus felt the pull to be about his Heavenly Father's business. An Old Testament passage that was associated with Jesus' cleansing of the Temple later in his ministry reads, "Passion for God's house burns within me." That passion was with him even at 12 years old. No matter the age of your child or grandchild (or nephew or niece), don't hesitate to teach them how important it is that God's reign in their hearts and his holy influence on their choices should begin today!

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray for those children over whom I have influence. Please use me to encourage them and show them how precious they are and how important it is that they live for you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 2:13-17
  • Matthew 18:7-10
  • Ecclesiastes 12:1-7


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.