#20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility
Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017Print
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Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 2:49 AMPC
And He said to them, ‘How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business?’ But they did not comprehend what He was saying to them.
This is frankly an incredible attitude. We know that it is the perfect response because our Lord is perfect and obeyed only His Father. He was led by the will of God to the temple that day to astound the teachers there. He made no apology for what was His obedience! The repercussions of His obedience were not His concern.
The scripture makes note of this: “they did not understand.” But that was not acceptable for the two who knew Jesus’ identity. They needed to ‘comprehend’ Him…to understand the will of God and spend the time to do so. Their anguish was their own fault, and Jesus seemed to have no sympathy for it! They should have known Who owned Him, what His purpose was to be, and the timing of it.
That spiritual understanding is the real role of all parents, siblings, spouses, and sons and daughters: to hear God for each other. This God-given ‘understanding’ is so rare as to seem merely an ideal, but God’s best is for us to know each other according to His view, His insight. And He is willing to reveal it.
I remember an interview with Joy Dawson, the great intercessor with YWAM. Her host asked her to define a husband’s role for a Christian wife. She answered that he should give her absolute freedom to follow God and support whatever the Holy Spirit led her to do. The host was a bit shocked and admitted that he didn’t give his own wife such liberty.