October 22, 2017
What Matters Most
I vividly remember the age of 12 and the year 1994. It was the year my dearly beloved, admired, respected, and caregiving grandmother lost her battle to leukemia. Subsequently, it was the same year that my parents decided to seek an end to their marriage, and begin the process of divorce. 1994 was the year my mother took my sisters and left me with my all but absent father; splitting our family. It was the same year I graduated from 6th grade; to prepare and begin my high school career, both an exciting and terrifying transition. Needless to say, it was a year marked with tremendous highs and lows; transitions and apprehension; fear and loss; uncertainty and chaos. I remember doing everything I could just to keep my head above the water; mustering every courage, every strength to keep from drowning in the storm; and seeking to find even the most miniscule amount of joy through it all. At 12, I was too preoccupied with simply trying to cope, to distract myself from all the trouble that swirled around me to be concerned with anyone or anything else.
Since 1994, I have found that nothing really changes. I have come to understand that the hardships 1 experienced at 12 characterizes life in general. Everyone has challenges they must face at every age, at every turn. This life was never meant to be carefree or easy. Each of us have burdens to bear; storms to weather; battles to fight. Yet, it does not supply us with a valid reason to neglect that which matters most. It does not support, nor justify being too preoccupied to do what we have been commanded to do. Notice the example of Jesus found in Luke 2:41-49, “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day‘s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously. , And He said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father‘s business? ‘” At an early age, Christ was not too preoccupied with simply being a kid to focus on what mattered most. His only priority was to be about His Father’s business, to carry out the will of God, to grow in knowledge. Therefore, the lesson we-can glean from His example is quite simple. While you may have a thousand things swirling around you, and your life may seem a bit chaotic or uncertain; we must not allow those things to distract us from what truly matters. Jesus said in John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” Indeed, there will come a day when we will no longer have the privilege and opportunity to understand the revealed will of God, to contend for the truth, serve others, share the Gospel, and live for the glory of God. A time will come when, instead, we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Thus, we must never allow worldly burdens to distract us from living a life in preparation for eternity, or lose sight of what matters most-being about our Father’s business.
By Jeremy Tucker