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Scripture Reading: Luke 2:41-50

"I Must Be About My Father's Business"



1.  12-year-old Jesus astonished those who heard him, Lk. 2:46-47.

2.  His parents were amazed, desperate with anxiety, Lk. 2:48.

3.  “Why did you seek me? Did you not know...?” Lk. 2:49

    -My Father’s business: Lit., “the things of My Father.”

4.  Jesus came to do the Father’s business, Jno. 4:34; 9:4; 17:4; 19:30.

5.  We must be about the things of our Father, too.

6.  Are you doing the Father’s business where you are at this moment in your life?



  A.  There are Things Only I Can Do: Personal Responsibility, Gal. 6:4-5.

    1.  To become a Christian, Jno. 8:24; Mk. 16:16.

    2.  To remain a faithful, growing Christian, 1 Pet. 2:2.

    3.  To worship in spirit and truth, Jno. 4:24.

    4.  To withstand temptations, 1 Cor. 10:13.

    5.  To be sober and watchful, 1 Pet. 5:8.

  B.  Areas of Personal Accountability, Gal. 6:1-10. (Rom. 14:12)

    1.  Toward sinners, 6:1-3.

    2.  Toward oneself, 6:4-5.

    3.  Toward teachers, 6:6.

    4.  Toward God, 6:7-9.

    5.  Toward unbelievers and brethren, 6:10.



  A.  It is Obligatory On Us To Do What We Know Is Right, John 8:28-29. (Jas. 4:17; Eph. 5:17)

    1.  Do the will of God from the heart, Eph. 6:6.

    2.  Stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, Col. 4:12.

    3.  Whatever you of the Lord, Col. 3:17.

    4.  Blessed when our faith is active, Jno. 13:15-17. (Do as I have done)



  A.  My Father – My Relationship with God is Crucial.

    1.  By doing the Father’s will, Matt. 12:48-50; 1 Jno. 1:6-7; 2:3-6.

    2.  Fellowship with God gives us... (2 Cor. 6:17-18)

      a.  Every spiritual blessings in Christ, Eph. 1:3.

      b.  Prayerful access to His throne of grace and mercy, Heb. 4:16.

      c.  Assurance of His presence, provisions, protection, Heb. 13:5-6.

  B.  My Father’s BusinessHis Will Be Done. Matt. 6:9-10

    1.  I must do His will on earth, so I may enter heaven’s eternal kingdom, Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Pet. 1:10-11.

      a.  By being a living sacrifice, Rom. 12:1-2.

      b.  By being holy, sanctified in my body, 1 Thess. 4:3-8.

    2.  Doer of the work/word of God, Jno. 9:4; Jas. 1:22-25.

       -Cannot separate the work of God from the word of God!

    3.  Worship, Jno. 4:23-24 (Acts 2:42).

      a.  Regular activity, Acts 20:7.

      b.  Remember Christ and proclaim His death, 1 Cor. 11:24-26.

      c.  Edification, 1 Cor. 14:5, 26.

      d.  Thankful praise and humble submission, Eph. 5:19-21.



1.  Joseph and Mary did not understand what Jesus meant, Lk. 2:49-50.

2.  We do understand; Cannot ignore our Father’s will, Eph. 5:17.

3.  Jesus spoke the Father’s words and did the Father’s will, Jno. 8:28-29.

4.  As His disciples, we must humble ourselves to His training in order to be like Him – about the things of our Father.  Heb. 13:20-21




By: Joe R. Price

Posted: December 27, 2016