The Test of Faith: Assuming
The Assumption of Joseph and Mary
The Test of Faith – Assuming
“Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the group…”
There is much to say concerning the enormity of this truth. How many of us place our trust in the group, the congregation, and our association with others, rather than taking responsibility for our own personal walk with Him? There will always come the great test of our faith along this line: do we remain loyal to people, or do we stay faithful to Him and His presence within?
The heartbreak and shipwreck of those who “suppose” He is in the group, with a teacher, with a prophet, or some organization, has led many to diminished apprehensions of His Life, wandering in a wilderness of stagnation and sorrow.
There is a vast difference between those who follow Him in a group and those whose hearts are set upon Him alone. When the need for the acceptance of men becomes greater than our desire for the approval of God, we inherently forfeit our call as a servant of God.
“…do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men,
I should not be the servant of Christ”
Jesus, even at the young age of twelve, demonstrated a singularity of purpose. When His parents found Him, He was in the Temple asking questions of the elders and teachers. His response to His distraught parents upon finding him after His disappearance was: “Know ye not that I must be about my Father…” (literal Greek) [See Related Article The Unity of God]
His desire is to produce that same singularity of purpose in us whereby we are made free of any other obligation. Discipleship is the call to a united heart in which He alone is the purpose of all movement in life.
Obscurity of spiritual vision comes when the motives of our hearts are mixed with other loves and self-interests.. It is the pure in heart who see God clearly.
As David cried out in this Psalm:
“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart to fear thy name”
The process of becoming unified in the heart is one of learning His way and walking in His way.
Obedience is the path to our knowing Him personally and intimately.
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light…”
Please read Related Post: Being True
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds…”