My Father’s Business

People, old and young, ask the question, “What is my purpose in life? What is my reason for being?” Sadly, some people never discover what their role is in life so they wander through the desert of life without direction and without a goal in mind. Their days are filled with whatever they can find to do to pass the time. We have a saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” This is true as long as he can keep our reason for being hidden from us. I know people who have college degrees who are just as lost as the person who has no education to speak of. They fill their days with work or whatever they can find to do to avoid going home to an empty house. If they have a family, many men think working long hours and making lots of money is the best way to meet the needs of their family. It isn’t. A family’s greatest needs aren’t material, they are physical and can only be met through personal interactions with the man of the house. The wife and the children need his loving touch, a hug, and a pat on the back from time to time to let them know they are loved and appreciated. They need him to take an active role in their development, and they need to know he loves them. But if a person doesn’t realize their role in life is to make the life of other better, they have missed their reason for being.

I know some people will think I have missed it this time, but I will prove my point using the words of a twelve year old boy who understood life better than any other living person, past or present. Luke 2:42-50 And when He (Jesus) was twelve years old, they (He and his family) went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it: but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a days’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in 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. So when they (Joseph and Mary) saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Son, “Why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought you anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”

Jesus knew, even as a twelve year old, His purpose in this life was to conduct His Father’s business. We will find in his words a clear picture of the role of every person born on this earth. Some people find it and live life to the fullest, others reject their role and spend the rest of their life looking for a little peace and joy in this world. The truth is; there is no lasting peace and joy for the person who fails to discover why they were put on this earth. My point is, if we truly understand what Jesus said His purpose in life was as a twelve year old, we will discover our own reason for being. Man was created to bring joy to the heart of our heavenly Father. When we fulfill our purpose in life, our joy overflows. If we never discover our reason for being, we wonder the desert places of life searching for something we can’t have outside of a relationship with the Father who is the source of joy and peace. Peace and joy does not come from owning things. True peace and true joy is found in our relationship with our Creator, our heavenly Father. Which is why my purpose and your purpose are the same and that is to be about our heavenly Father’s business for however long we have on this earth.

If we are to be about our Father business, we have to know what His business He is in. In case you don’t know what that might be, I will tell you. God is in the soul saving business. And the reason Jesus came into the world was to save sinners by pointing them in the direction of our Heavenly Father, and then making a way for them to get there. (1 Timothy 1:15) Sinners are referred to in the bible as those persons who are lost and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12) because they don’t have an intimate relationship with the Father. Or, we could say, those persons who don’t understand their reason for being is to bring joy to the heart of their Father. Even though Jesus made a way for us to find Him; not many people are looking for Him. And neither are there many Christians pointing people in His direction because they don’t understand why Jesus saved them. It is hard for someone to point another person in the right direction if they are not sure of where they are, (Our reason for being) or what our role is in life. (Our purpose) However, once we find our reason for being and start doing what we were called to do, we will find the greatest peace and joy we have ever known, regardless of the difficulties that come our way. Have a wonderful day and God Bless. DThrash

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