And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
In Luke's account of Mary and Joseph finding Jesus in the Jerusalem temple, we get our first glimpse of why Jesus came to earth. He must be about His Father's business. On those particular days while His parents searched for Him, Jesus was "sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions" (Luke 2:46). That was His Father's business. But it was also His Father's business that Jesus should be submissive to Mary and Joseph. "And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them" (Luke 2:51). Eighteen years later, Jesus would begin His public ministry. More of His Father's business. Whether Jesus was in the temple, at home with His parents, or performing miracles and revealing His Father to the people, He was dong His Father's will. We don't have to be on the church staff, or in the mission field to be about our Heavenly Father's business. Even the most common task we perform is serving the Father, if we do it with Him in mind and for His glory.