did you begin to understand your purpose?
By Lance Wallnau
Your purpose is who you are. It doesn’t change, it evolves. Recently, I was looking
at a list of personal purpose statements. I got to thinking about Jesus. His preferred self-description was “Son of Man.” We sometimes miss the fact that He was once a boy, a teen, a young adult. In the only description of His
childhood, Luke records the incident when His parents lost sight of Him and He was found sitting in the temple, both listening to the elders and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Even at that early age, Jesus knew something
about His origins and mission. He asked His parents, “Did you not know I must be about my father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)
Jesus could listen and ask questions. In doing so He found occasion
to provide His own thoughts and all who heard Him were impacted. Luke says He returned home and submitted to His parents.
Much is revealed in a few lines of text. Jesus’ actions at an early age outline what healthy development
looks like, such as knowing your identity, knowing how to converse, being curious yet respectful, and sharing your ideas with others while submitting to authority.
That Jesus could live a relatively quiet
and unassuming life for nearly 30 years is also amazing. He waited and rested in the Father’s timing and did not make a dramatic, premature entrance into the current cultural scene. He was willing to surrender 30 years of patient development
and quiet ministry for three and a half years of public ministry.
I was fascinated with Jesus before I encountered Him as my Savior at the age of 17 and cannot help but keep that fascination even today, over 45 years later.
Are you fascinated with Jesus? Let’s keep our awe of Him and continue to learn and
grow from His example.