Joseph & Mary faithfully travel to Jerusalem for the Passover. When Jesus was 12 years old, they left without Him! Where was He, what was He doing and why?
Our children get distracted and wander off because they follow something they’re interested in. Jesus shows great maturity at age 12 by being interested in spiritual things. Are we nurturing a love of spiritual things in our children?
Luke 2:52 gives us a 4-point outline for setting goals for our children.
-grow in knowledge/wisdom
-grow in physical stature
-grow in finding favor with God
-grow in finding favor with others
A great study is to compare all the qualifications of elders from 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1 to this 4-point outline. If we can nurture our children to grow the way Jesus did, they can reach the goals that identify spiritual leaders for the Lord’s church!