Responding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The title of today’s post, “Responding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit,” is from today’s story in The Upper Room, see below.

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Today’s scripture reading:

Mary had to let go of her child and let him become a man, God’s Son, the Messiah. Fearful that she hadn’t been careful enough with this God-given child, she searched frantically for him. But she was looking for a boy, not the young man who was in the Temple astounding the religious leaders with his questions. It is hard to let go of people or projects we have nurtured. It is both sweet and painful to see our children growing into adults, our students into teachers, our subordinates into managers, our inspirations into institutions. But when the time comes we must step back and let go—in spite of the hurt. Then our protégés can exercise their wings, take flight, and soar to the heights God intended for them.

This is the first mention of Jesus’ awareness that he was God’s Son. But even though he knew his real Father, he did not reject his earthly parents. He went back to Nazareth with them and lived under their authority for another 18 years. God’s people do not despise human relationships or family responsibilities. If the Son of God obeyed his human parents, how much more should we honor our family members! Don’t use commitment to God’s work to justify neglecting your family.

Jesus’ parents didn’t understand what he meant about his Father’s house. They didn’t realize he was making a distinction between his earthly father and his heavenly Father.

Jesus was unique, he had a normal childhood and adolescence. In terms of development, he went through the same progression we do. He grew physically and mentally, he related to other people, and he was loved by God. A full human life is not unbalanced. It was important to Jesus—and it should be important to all believers—to develop fully and harmoniously in each of these key areas: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. (NLT)

Luke 2:41-52 – Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was with friends among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him. He was in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, discussing deep questions with them. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son!” his mother said to him. “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”

“But why did you need to search? He asked. “You should have known that I would be in my Father’s house.” But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them; and his mother stored all these things in her heart. So Jesus grew both in height and in wisdom, and he was loved by God and by all who knew him.

Jesus said to his parents, “[Know] ye not that I must be about my father’s business?” –Luke 2:49 (KJV)

Laura L. Bradford (Washington) titled her story “THE FATHER’S BUSINESS;” here is a portion of Laura’s story:

“While reading about the prophet Anna in Luke’s Gospel, I felt guilty. A widow, Anna ‘did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.’ I’m also a widow but have never spent a whole day praying, let alone fasting. Was I failing God?

“. . . That’s right! I thought. Even though I didn’t pray all day and night like Anna, I could still be about my Father’s business. Pursuing the ‘Father’s business’ means responding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That’s something I can do, if I’ll just follow Jesus’ example. Jesus persistently sought the Father’s will. At first I thought that might be difficult. Yet, as I spend time in prayer, meditation, and scripture, I’m grasping the way God communicates with me. Then, as I act in faith, I’m trusting the Holy Spirit to guide me in my Father’s business.

“God has given each of us important tasks. Each day we can ask God for guidance and follow where that leads . . .”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I going about the Father’s business today?

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for guiding our steps so that our lives reflect your glory. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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