Dear Friend of Vision
“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Lu. 2:52)
After Jesus spent time in the temple, asking problematic and dynamic questions of the Rabbi’s, and choosing to hang with them instead of heading home right away with his folks, this statement was made about Jesus. He grew. Of course, he probable was growing all the time, in a balanced way, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, but he grew even more after willingly submitting himself to be an apprentice carpenter (Brick mason) under his step father, Joseph. If Jesus had to grow, how much more do we….and his growth, which lead him to his ministry at age 30, was progressive and took 18 years to complete. Well, this gives a cause to pause. If it took Jesus this long to come to his full maturity, how long should we expect our students to grow? Further, Jesus grew physically (he was twelve when this scripture was stated), he grew in applied knowledge of the word (wisdom), he grew in the grace of God and overall approval of his peers and elders. Thus, from his example we should expect growth in our teens and our students in these areas as well. Knowledge is important, especially in the word, but passing test are less important that growth in ones ability to hear from and obey God and get along with others. Something to ponder.