September 12, 2022

What should you be doing?

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52

Have you ever wondered what you should be doing in life?  Why are you in this world and what is the purpose for the life that you have been given?  Many people and I would even say most people live their whole life and die never knowing what they were placed here for in the first place.

Is verse 49 of Luke chapter 2, Jesus told His parents He was to be doing the work His Father in heaven sent Him here to do.  In today’s scripture, verse 52, it says that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.  It doesn’t tell us exactly how He did that, but we know from Jewish culture that Hebrew boys went to torah school to learn the scriptures.  This certainly was one way He grew in wisdom since wisdom comes from God, it makes sense that it is in His Word.  He also submitted Himself to His parents which shows that He had a good attitude and learned much about living a pure and godly life of following the plan of God.  He had younger siblings that He helped out with in the household enabling Him to serve others in humility and love.  These are all things that helped Him to grow in favor not only with others but also with God. 

Lastly, He waited until He was released into ministry before He started really impacting the world around Him.  It didn’t happen until He was 30 years old, so all that time, He worked in His Father’s trade and helped care for His family through that season.  It wasn’t until His mother asked Him to do a public miracle at the wedding in Canaan that He stepped into the ministry of reaching the world around Him for all to see.

The point is these areas are all things we can and should be doing:  It is God’s will and God’s plan for us to grow in wisdom daily.  The God kind of wisdom.  It is His will and intention for us to have a good reputation and standing in our community which represents our stature and it is His idea for us to have favor with others, which gives us influence in our surroundings.  This is God’s will, plan and purpose for our lives and these are the things that we are to pursue every day that we breathe.

Today I want to encourage you to grow in wisdom and stature.  Start out your day by spending quiet time pressing into your Father in heaven and seek His wisdom for the day.  Ask Him to make His path clear and plain that you can be following and to open the doors for you to have favor with others.  Begin to make adjustments in your attitude when we recognize yourself slipping into complaining and talking about others and solidify your reputation be being kind to those around you and serving people at every opportunity.  Stop wondering what you should be doing in this life and start following the example of the One who called you. Get on His path by growing in wisdom, stature and favor today.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 2:51-52

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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