What Jesus Did! 'He Grew Up a Good Kid' — Luke 2:51-52

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Jesus went with them to Nazareth. He obeyed everything his parents said. His mother was still thinking about all these things. Jesus continued to learn more and more. He grew taller. People liked Jesus, and he pleased God.
— Luke 2:51-52 NLT
Illustration of Luke 2:51-52 NLT —  He grew taller.

Key Thought

Luke lets us know that Jesus was a "good kid." As Jesus grew up, he was obedient, he grew smarter, he made God proud, and he was liked by others. Like any loving parent, Mary stored up the memories of his childhood in her heart. There were no shortcuts for the Messiah. God's Son had to grow up and live a life of character in a family just like any other child. His wisdom came as he grew. Yet all the while, God's mission for him lay ahead. Think of it: if we cannot fathom God fully in human flesh, what must it have been like for Mary and Joseph? Yet in this divine mystery are our healing, God's grace, and the Savior's glory. Now God calls us to grow, in all ways, to be like his Son.

Today's Prayer

Father, you know that I sometimes get tired and distracted in my spiritual development. Forgive my past times of spiritual laziness and stir in me a holy passion to be conformed and grow ever more fully into the person you want me to be. In the name of Jesus and by the power of his transforming Spirit may this be so. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
  • Galatians 4:19


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.