Learning the Family Business

Dad and Son by Ryan Qiu, on Flickr
Dad and Son by Ryan Qiu, on Flickr
Anyone that has children or has ever thought about having children has probably spent some time thinking about what it is they would like to teach their children and how they hope their children will grow up, what legacy they would like to leave behind through their children. Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, probably had similar thoughts and we know that he taught Jesus in accordance with what was customary in his time. Typically whatever business the father did the son did also, it was the family trade and it was expected that the son would take over the family business. The following passage reflects another business that Jesus learned as his Father in heaven guided his journey so that he would be ready when his time had come. Keep in mind that those hearing this message would have heard things on multiple levels, one of which would have been an understanding that He really was participating in the Father’s business.

John 5:19-23
Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

We too have the opportunity to join in on the family business. We are the sons and daughters of God and likewise we have the honor of learning the family business. God shows us each day how to walk and how to interact with people, sometimes it is easy while other times it is difficult. There are times when he gives us opportunities to instill wisdom, to pray for healing or encouragement, there are even times when God calls us to suffer and act selflessly. As we go through life we glorify the Father by following his leadership and by learning every aspect of what He has called us to do. In the Great Commission we are told to go make disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them to obey all that has been commanded of us. This implies that we already know how to do these things though and that we know what has been commanded of us. We must be eager to learn more about the Father’s business so that we, like Jesus, can bring life to people. We are called into action, to do the stuff, to do what we see the Father doing. Are your eyes open to what God is doing and calling you into or are you focused on yourself? Are you willing to take up the family business or do you have plans of your own? It is your choice what you decide to do, but know that there is only one path that leads to life and all others lead to death.

Father, thank you for taking the time to teach me the family business. Thank you having patience with me as I mess things up and as I get distracted. I know that I have a long way to go still, but I look forward to learning more from you every day. Teach me how to fully embrace being your child. It is so easy for me to get caught up in the world and the things that are going on around me and I often times forget that I am not of this world. Thank you Father for never leaving my side and for guiding me down the path to righteousness as I learn to trust you and to follow you fully. Use me today, show me what you want me to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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