As we continue to celebrate our Lord's birth, today's devotion is based on Luke 2:52. "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and all the people."
The events between his birth and the beginning of his public ministry in his baptism all fit into less than two chapters (Luke 2 and Matthew 2). But there is this wonderful summary in Luke 2:52, after Jesus' trip to the temple at 12 years old: 'And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and all the people.'
In this coming year, wouldn't it be wonderful if each of us could, like Jesus, 'grow in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and with all the people?'
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, thank you for the profound reality of your incarnation. This coming year, please help me grow more fully human as you restore me in the image of God so that I may grow in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and with all the people? In your name, I pray. Amen.