Read: Luke 2:40, 52; II Peter 3:18
Just as we marvel at God coming to earth as a baby, so we sometimes wonder about what it was like for Jesus – as God in the flesh – to grow up as a boy. (This came up during a recent discussion in one of our Life Groups.)
Jesus “grew up”
The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of information about Jesus as a boy (it could be argued that His formal ministry as an adult was more significant). But what we do know can be helpful.
Twice in Luke chapter 2, we are told that the young Jesus grew both in physical “strength/stature” and in “wisdom.” From a human standpoint, Jesus learned many new things: how to walk, how to read and write, and eventually how to work with wood. He also learned the Jewish Law, and baffled some of the teachers in the process!
Are we “growing”?
For all we do not know about Jesus’ childhood, we know that He was prepared to accomplish His heavenly Father’s will some 30 years later. And, because of what Jesus accomplished, we can enjoy new life in Him.
But it’s important to note that, just as there is progress in growing physically and mentally, there should be spiritual growth. That’s the encouragement (actually it’s a command) in II Peter 3. It doesn’t happen instantly, but with God’s help, we can and should make that a priority.
How are we growing?
1. How has God helped you “grow” this past year?
2. In what areas does God want you to “grow” in the coming year?
3. What steps will you take to help make that happen?