Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
Philippians 1:6: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
We are taught in the Bible that from the time of salvation until the time of our death, we are being sanctified, or “being made holy.” Our sanctification process is a sometimes painful, always insightful, and seemingly boring walk through a challenging life. What I want to focus on in this post is that last point – “seemingly boring.”
I value Luke 2:52 because this verse encapsulates so much important information into a short, simple statement. In fact, our next encounter with Jesus is found in Luke 3 when He gets baptized by John the Baptist. Much is left out but there is ample to be gathered from the silence as well.
We know that Jesus was a carpenter (sometimes translated “stone mason” from the original language) because He was the son of a carpenter, Joseph. Additionally, it was commonplace for sons to retain the trade of their fathers. Thus, we can pretty clearly assume Christ was a craftsman that was familiar with wood and stone.
He also grew up in a small town of Nazareth. This town was simple, quiet, and uneventful. This is where Jesus “increased in wisdom and in stature.”
I don’t know what stage of life you are in right now, but we can all admit there are boring days. Some days drag on with nothing exciting to anticipate. Routine can be stifling. Think about this: Christ’s process of becoming the complete Messiah took place in a town where no one was watching with anticipation, while doing a career that no one cared to know about, with a family that was insignificant, or so the outside world assumed.
You may feel like you are a small fish in a big pond. Maybe you feel lost in this massive world. I bet that some of you reading this are struggling with insignificance. You think because no one is reading your name in headlines or because no one knows the intensity of your struggle that you must not matter. You do!
Just as your Savior grew and developed spiritually and physically in anonymity, so you are being grown and reared in your time of obscurity. This time of quiet is where the Lord works out the salvation that He promised to you from the time you put your trust in Him.
Although on the exterior things may look pretty dreary, inside God is doing a miraculous work that could not be completely described with words! Choose God’s vantage point today. Rejoice in the fact that there are no wasted moments in the economy of God. I promise you He is completing you and making you more like his Son. So rejoice in the silence, the mundane, and the tiresome. God’s only getting started with you.
God bless, and have a great Saturday.
Photograph taken by Sandis Helvigs