Jesus as a Pre-Teen | Part 3: Important Life Lessons for Kids
June 9, 2020
June 9, 2020
Last time, we looked at parenting principles, but today we’re going to look at what our kids can learn from Jesus in Luke 2.
Kids, here are three important life lessons that Jesus modeled for you. So, listen up kids, this is good stuff!
1. Know who you are.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked them. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:48-49)
Jesus knew who He was and who His Father was. I want you to catch the dialogue between Mary and Jesus. Jesus gently reminds her that His Father knew where He was the whole time – not Joseph, but His Heavenly Father. These are the first recorded words of Jesus in Luke. Even as a young child the age of 12, Jesus knew who He was.
Kids, if you have trusted Christ as Savior, then you can know who you are. YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!
Are you living like a child of the King? Do you know who you are?
2. Know what you’re supposed to be doing.
Jesus knew what he was supposed to be doing. He was supposed to be in His Father’s house. Jesus was so focused on the will of His Father, those who loved him best did not understand him.
Kids, if you have trusted Christ as Savior, then you are a disciple of Jesus, and He wants you to do His will.
Are you acting like a disciple of Jesus?
3. Know how you’re supposed to do His will.
But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. (Luke 2:50-52)
Kids, how are you supposed to do the will of the Father and be a child of the King, a disciple of Jesus? You need to be obedient. Jesus knew He had a mission and a purpose that God had given Him, yet He chose to be obedient to His earthly father and His mother. He was also respectful. Yes, He asked questions, and it’s okay to ask questions of your parents. But is it in a respectful manner? Jesus was obedient and respectful, even when his parents did not understand.
Kids, sometimes you won’t understand your parents and your parents won’t understand you! But as a child of the King, it is your responsibility to obey and be respectful.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. (Luke 2:52)
Kids, this is my prayer for you: that you will increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and others.
What a fascinating story in the life of Jesus! The Lord allowed us to see a little bit of the early life of Jesus and His interactions with Mary and Joseph, and I’m so thankful that He did. This is beautiful story that teaches us so many life lessons. It teaches us to examine who we are, children of the King, what we are supposed to be doing, which is going out and making disciples, and that we are supposed to do it the in the manner that God has laid out for us.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.