As Jesus was a young man, a few years before He reached the age of 30, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem for the Feast. After the feast concluded, Jesus remained in the Temple with the scholars and scribes asking questions and also giving profound answers to difficult aspects about the Law.
Joseph and Mary determined that Jesus was missing and searched. Then they went back to Jerusalem.
They found Jesus in the Temple and no doubt wondered why Jesus had done what He did.
His profound answer.
“Can’t you see that I must be about My Father’s business.”
Mary kept this in her heart. Regarding Mary, she probably went back in time to remember what the angel Gabriel said.
For us in the NT, what would the business of the Father be to us?
The book of Matthew is the answer.
“All power has been given to Me in heaven and in earth. Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things I commanded you, and lo, I am with you, even to the end of the ages.”
This is the business of the Father. Make disciples and teaching them to observe all things He commanded them.
Evangelizing is a big part of the Father’s business but notice also that we are to teach them to observe all things that Jesus commanded His disciples. Therefore, Biblical discipleship is just as important so true disciples bring forth good fruit.
The entire NT is what Jesus wants us to observe because Jesus is the Word of God as stated in John 1:1.
Does this include the OT?
Absolutely because in the 4 gospels, we see Jesus refer to the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets.
That’s why we have 66 Books. 39 Old, 27 New.
The Bible is the Book we must choose to live by because Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
What separates the false believers from the true believers is in how well we live by the Word of God.
James 1:22 tells us, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Many professed believers just hear the Word but never do the Word.
The number one reason why some carnal believers struggle with doing the things the Lord Jesus commanded is because of a love for sin our lives.
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone that says to Me ‘Lord Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven. In that day they shall say to Me, ‘Have we not prophesied in your Name, cast out devils in your Name, and did many wonders in Your Name. Then I will say to them ‘Depart from Me, you that practice lawlessness.”
Doing the Father’s business is not doing works in His name to get saved, or to appease some godless feeling while practicing lawlessness. When it comes to living a carnal life, it’s about being so self deceived that we indulge in sin and righteousness at the same time.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 (NKJV)
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.”
Carnal believers want to participate in both worlds and this can’t be. The world and being in Christ is not the Father’s business.
My life wanted to indulge in sexual immorality and righteousness at the same time, but it’s inconsistent and incompatible with true Biblical Christian living.
I couldn’t be clean and dirty at the same time.
I had to be one or the other. Then I had to look at what was getting into my life that would start the process of searching for sin.
Then get “clean enough” to preach to sinners and true believers.
Then start the habit, pattern, and cycle all over again.
The parable of the sower is a locator. It will tell you where you’re standing with God.
Those on the wayside are the ones that hear the Word and the devil comes immediately and takes the seed.
Those on stony ground are the ones that hear the Word, receive the Word with joy, and the Word doesn’t penetrate, it has no root, and they stay with the Word for a little while, then temptation comes, and they fall away.
Then there’s the ones on thorny ground that are choking the Word with cares, riches, and pleasures of this life, and become unfruitful.
Then there’s those that are on good ground that hear the Word, and receive the Word, and produce fruit. Some thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold with patience and persecution.
This parable will reveal where you are and who you represent.
Are you tares among wheat? Are you false among the true? Are you serious or are you playing? Genuine or fake. True or false. Real or a hypocrite?
This reveals whether you’re about your Heavenly Father’s business, or the devil’s business.
At any time before the casket closes, you can transition from the pretender to the actual true believer, observing all things the Lord commanded.
IF you’re playing, you’re one decision away from making the greatest decision of your life.
To be a true believer.
The Lord Jesus told the man that He healed at the pool of Bethesda and the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 5, and 8.
“Sin no more. Lest a worst thing come upon you.”
“Neither do I condemn you. Go. And sin no more.”
Do Christians sin? Make no mistake about it. But it brings into question whether you’ve been born of God. Because 1 John 3:9 said “Whoever is born of God cannot sin.”
In 1 John 2:1-6 (NKJV) “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
What are signs of the abuse of this Scripture?
When you deliberately intend to sin against God, knowing full well that sin is lawlessness.
The practice of lawlessness is the lifestyle of a sinner. Are we allowed to indulge in what we used to practice?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things become new.”
Romans 6:1-2 says, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it?”
In other words, you’ve reached a point in your relationship with the Lord that you want to please Him more than yourself. Paul said in Ephesians 4:27, “…give no place to the devil.”
This means that 1 John 3:8 is a reality.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifest that He destroy the works of the devil.”
It’s when we’ve learned that sin only leads to one place. Death.
If we believe that the Word is the absolute Word of God and is final authority, we employ everything to fight the very thing that God hates. Sin.
We do what Hebrews 12:4 says. “You have not resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”
What does this mean?
What RADICAL THING (“radical amputation”), are you willing to do to stop yourself from sinning? Please do not commit suicide. That’s self murder.
You have not cut the part of you that commits sin, to stop sinning.
This ties in with Matthew 5:27-30.
This isn’t accomplished without God’s grace, and you can’t do it alone. The work of grace helps you to “abstain from all forms of evil.“
Cutting off the TV, discontinuing subscriptions like HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Directv Playboy Hustler Channels, Sex Chat Rooms on FB, Instagram, or other social media entry points. What radical thing are you willing to do to abstain from all forms of evil?
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We’re saved by grace through faith. Doing the Father’s business or His works comes as a result of being born again, not to get born again.
The Holy Spirit will give you help to escape the temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).
And when you enter trials and testings, count it all joy (see James 1:2-7), and go to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (see Hebrews 4:16).
Every believer struggles in their flesh to subdue the passions, sinful desires, and cravings of sexual wickedness. However, if we play with this, one day, we’ll give an account of it before the Lord.
When the fear of the Lord is absent, it’s very easy to sin, but sin always comes with a penalty.
“Everyone is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires, and enticed. And when lust is conceived, it brings forth sin, and sin when it is finished, brings forth death.”