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Summary: We are to be about our Father's business

I. Your Priorities Will Change -

When Christ was missing He was twelve years old.

Where would one suppose to find a twelve year old? Playing with friends,

wrestling with other boys, having fun, and all the other things twelve year olds

like to do. But Jesus was in the Temple sitting among the doctors speaking with

them. Why? Even as a 12 year old he understood the need to be about His Father’s business and it changed His priorities.

Paul said in Philippians 3:7 (quickview)  " But what things were gain to me, those I counted

loss for Christ." in other words Paul said, life is not about me, it’s about

God.

I am saying when you begin to be about your Father’s business your priorities

will change.

II. Your Schedule Will Change -

Joseph and Mary had a definite schedule for leaving Jerusalem and coming back

home. Jesus could not keep their schedule for He was about His Father’s

business.

You see when you mind your own business, your too busy to be interrupted, your

to busy to worry about where someone may need your help, or some way God wants you to serve in the church.

When you mind God’s business His schedule becomes yours.

You say, God I have plans for this day but feel free to change them.

Let’s not view interruptions as a bother but as divine appointments.

In John 4:4 (quickview)  Jesus said He must needs go through Samaria. Why? Because He had nothing better to do? No, because His Father said go and He was about His Father’s business.

When we are minding God’s business rather than our own we allow Him to set the agenda.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

III. Your Life Won’t Be About You, It Will Be About Others.

Philippians 2:7 (quickview)  Your Father’s business requires you to be a servant.

It requires you to be a giver, not a taker.

It requires you to serve your brothers in Christ.

Not what can I do for me but what can I do for others.

During a terrible storm at sea that threatened every moment to carry the ship to the bottom, one of the ship's crew was doing something on the deck when a great sea struck the ship and went fairly over the deck, striking this man with great force, disabling him and carrying him into the mad waters.

Although he was a good swimmer, he was so disabled that he could only keep above water. They saw him lifting up his imploring hands through the white foam, signifying his desire for help. But the Captain said, "Don't lower a boat, for no small boat can live in this sea, in this terrific storm. We cannot save the man. The most we can do is to save the ship."

The vessel was bearing farther and farther from the helpless man. Once more they saw his imploring hands come up among the white caps further off, which moved all hearts that witnessed it. Still the Captain said a small boat must not be lowered, as it could not live a moment among these wild billows.

But one man who was an expert swimmer, was so moved by the imploring signals of the drowning man, that he threw off his loose garments, saying:

"I will save that man, or die with him."


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