Luke 2:51–52 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
It’s soon going to be the start of a new year. Maybe to you it’s no more than a simple flip of a calendar page. But to millions of Americans, it’s a chance to make new beginnings. So how about you? Is it time to start paying down those credit cards? taking off a few pounds? reading your Bible?
It’s true, there are few differences between today and yesterday, but there could be just enough differences for you to take on a new focus for daily living. After Jesus left Jerusalem, we learn that he “was obedient” to his parents. He wasn’t necessarily doing something new, but the focus for his daily routine comes more clearly into focus.
Christmas means the Son of God entered the world in human flesh. Being human also meant being under God’s law. Of course, Jesus had his sacrificial death and victorious resurrection in mind throughout his entire earthly existence. But none of that would have meant anything for us if he had not gone through each day as a faithful child of God. So Jesus lived his life with focus. He didn’t allow himself to get distracted from the daily necessity to live obediently as God’s child.
Jesus lived under God’s law for you. By his perfect life, he redeemed you from your failures to obey God’s law. By his perfection, he rescued you from your dismal track record of distraction from God’s standards. Jesus became human and lived under God’s law for you so that you through faith have all the privileges and access afforded to a child of God (Galatians 4:4,5).
Jesus’ intense focus throughout life gives your life focus. Before you debate the merits of credit card debt or nourishment choices, consider your own spiritual health. Is today the day you start your quest to read through the Bible in one year? Can you set aside five minutes each day for Scripture meditation and prayer? Can you send one encouraging e-mail or text with one simple verse of Scripture to one friend each day?
Today can be a good start. Today is a good chance to bring your life into a new focus. Today can be a new beginning to focus on God’s way of building up your faith.