WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20
“After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.”
Luke 2:46-47 ESV
THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: DISCIPLESHIP
A chauffeur had driven the chemistry professor to dozens of speaking engagements. He’d heard the same canned speech scores of times. He said on the way to another engagement, “Professor, I believe I could give your speech myself; I’ve heard it so often.” The professor said, “I’ll bet you $50 you can’t.” “You’re on,” said the chauffeur. He stopped the car and the two exchanged attire. They came to the banquet and the chauffeur dressed in a tuxedo, sat at the head of the table and was introduced. He stood up and gave the speech exactly as he had heard it so many times before. There was a standing ovation when he was finished. The emcee got up and said, “You know, we are so fortunate to have such a fine resource with us tonight, and since we have a little extra time, let’s have some questions and answers.” The first question was asked and the chauffeur stood there dumbfounded, clearing his throat in nervousness. Finally, with a flash of insight he said, “You know, that’s just about the dumbest question I have ever heard. In fact it is so dumb I bet even my chauffeur could answer that question.”
Jesus was only 12 years old in Luke 2. Yet, as He listened and asked questions with some of the brightest theological minds of His day, they were amazed at what He had to say. Jesus was practicing and modeling part of the discipleship process even as a pre-teenage boy. Disciples are learners. And we learn by listening, asking, observing and doing. Before Jesus departed back to heaven, He gave His followers the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Are you a disciple of Jesus? Have you been baptized? Are you in a relationship or group where you are asking, listening and learning about following Jesus? Are you helping anyone else learn what it means to follow Jesus? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, don’t delay in allowing the mission of Christmas to change your life and the lives of those around you. Ask God to help you change your answer to “yes” and follow His example.