And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. Luke 2:39-42
How would you like to be the parent of Jesus Christ? His birth was announced by an angel, followed by an impossible pregnancy. His very life fulfilled thousands of years of biblical prophecy.
But after Luke 2, Mary and Joseph had to settle into regular, everyday parenting. Jesus grew physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally like every other child. We miss these informative verses from the parenting of Mary and joseph in Luke 2. Two important lessons for our parenting:
1. “They performed everything according to the Law of the Lord.” Even though they knew they had the Son of God, they did not abdicate their parenting responsibilities. They made sure the family was performing every act of obedience that God had asked for. How about you? You can’t abdicate your parenting to a Christian school, homeschooling group at church, or having your student in a great church ministry. Obedience to God’s law must be the discipline of your home.
2. “They went up according to custom.” We are told that Mary and Joseph took the family to Jerusalem every year for the feasts. Jesus grew up going to the temple. How about your home? Is there a steady schedule of spiritual discipline? Does the custom of following Christ permeate your week, month, and year?
Parenting is a daunting task, but it is possible with God’s empowerment. It’s possible if we commit to obedience to God’s Word in a lifestyle of holy habits.
May God empower you to lead your family in habitual obedience!
Director of Ministries
Thomas Road Baptist Church