For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
—Ecclesiastes 3:1,7b; Luke 2:39-52
by: Steve Osborn.
How often do you pretend to be something you are not in an attempt to impress other people? In this story, we see that Jesus impressed the teachers and everyone else at the temple by being Himself. He was not trying to be precocious; He was simply trying to accomplish the business of His Father. It may be hard for you to see, but God has uniquely created you to be exactly who He needs you to be. That does not mean we should not try to learn and grow. But it does mean that we do not have to try to impress others. Simply by being ourselves and living out God’s wisdom in our lives, we can be impressive to Him. Is anything else really needed?