Many times we go on our merry way not realizing we haven’t prayed, we haven’t worshipped, we haven’t acknowledged Jesus. Last Sunday our preacher talked about how Jesus when he was only 12 years old got left behind; his mother and dad left him in Jerusalem. Every year Mary and Joseph went to Jersusalem to the feast of the passover. They took him to the Temple to do their customs for the Passover. After a day’s journey, Mary and Joseph started asking their kinsfolk where Jesus was. When they found him not, they traveled back to Jerusalem. After thee days they found him in the Temple (Luke 2:41-49).
Now I have read this scripture before and think it is an awesome story about how Jesus was about his Father’s business. When the preacher started his sermon and said we were going to be reading this story, I thought his message would be about “Being about the Father’s Business.” To my surprise and my own shame, he talked about how his parents had left him at the Temple. He was found in the same place that they left him. He didn’t leave them, they left him. I know I would have been in total shock if I had left my son and couldn’t find him for three days. I can only imagine how Mary felt.
Today if we lost our child for three days, we would probably be in jail or DHR would take them away from us. The point is that Jesus never left them. They left him. I know they didn’t do it on purpose, but do we leave Jesus on purpose. I hope not. We leave Jesus all the time. Either we leave him out of our worship, or we leave him out of our prayers, or we leave him out of our lives all together.
Do we take time every day to talk to Jesus? Do we invite him into our homes by reading our Bibles? Do we invite him to our jobs by praying and telling others about him? Do we invite him in our cars while we listen to Gospel music? Do we praise him at church by song and worship or are we more concerned with how great the band sounds? Do we leave him out of our ceremonies such as our weddings when we forget to acknowledge him? Do we forget to thank him for our blessings that he has given us? Do we praise him on the bad days along with the good days? If you have ever forgotten to acknowledge Jesus, then you have left him.
Sad to say, we all have left Jesus at one point or another. Jesus hasn’t ever left us, we have left him. He is still at the same place. We don’t have to go looking for him like Mary and Joseph did. He said, He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). It isn’t a pleasant thought to think about Jesus not being there for us. I know life would be most miserable without him. He can bring joy to your life, comfort to your heart and peace to your soul. I know he has for me. Acknowledge Jesus in your life today!