Luke 2:43-49 “While his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. . . When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. . . When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.’ ‘Why were you searching for Me?' He asked. ‘Didn't you know I had to be in My Father's house?’" (NIV)
Are we not all supposed to be about our Father’s house? How often do people question your motives and actions because your motives and actions are led by God and not the world? Your number one priority is to follow God first. Live a life that seeks God’s purposes first so that your work and life in the world radiate God’s love, righteousness, and glory. Your desire and steadfastness in putting God’s business first in your life will speak volumes to those around you. Begin each day by giving that day to God for His use and glory. Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” Be prepared to represent Christ when those of the world question your motives and priorities. It is for these times that God looks forward to using you to shine His light in the world. May your light shine brightly in a dark and perverse world!
Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (NIV)