Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Has Your Soul Lost Sight Of Jesus?”
Has your soul lost sight of Jesus Christ? Have you taken Him for granted? Is He with you? Have you become so busy or gotten so comfortable in living your life that you’ve just assumed that He’s with you when He’s not? Have you lost the intimate fellowship of His Holy Spirit? Supposing or thinking that He’s with you is really NOT sufficient enough.
In Luke 2: 42-46 NIV we read, “When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took Him up to the Passover festival, according to the custom in The Law. When the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread ended, Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem returning home while believing that Jesus was with them.
They had no inclination that Jesus had remained behind to hear and ask questions about the teaching of the doctors in the Scriptures, The Law and the traditions of the elders and priests. Due to the large traveling crowds, they simply believed he was with other members of their traveling friends or family members within that large group.
After a full day’s journey, they finally noticed that Jesus was missing and frantically began to search for him throughout the crowd.
As tragic as it might seem, Mary and Joseph had traveled away from worshiping in the temple and from a great spiritual Passover feast, totally unaware that they were lacking the presence of Jesus.
Some have said that Jesus stands outside the doors of many churches, pleading to that congregation to let Him come in. But, it’s even worse when, after worshiping and celebrating in a church service, to act as if you’ve left Him locked inside after you’ve gone home and are going about your daily business. Attempting to shut Him out of your daily lives simply reveals that your Sunday morning celebration experience is just emotional and Not “Christ Lived.”
Mary and Joseph had Jesus with them in the temple but they lost Him once they departed for home. Mary was not only close to Jesus, she was His Mother, but she lost Him. Not only did she lose Him, she didn’t even recognize that He was gone or not in her midst. No matter how close you have been to Jesus, you must be very careful not to leave Him, take him for granted or move away from His presence.
Upon realizing their inexcusable carelessness and negligence, with a sense of great loss, they began to earnestly search for Him. As their diligence increased, Mary and Joseph finally realized that they had lived three days without Him.
When they finally found Him, they found Him where they’d left Him, in the temple. At first they blamed Him, but it’s never The Lord’s fault when you go off without Jesus.
He doesn’t just want to be with you in your church services, Jesus wants to be your life as you go into your home, school, place of business and everywhere else you may go.
He has promised to “Never leave you or forsake you.” Will you speak these same words to Him?