Luk 2:48 And when they saw him, they were stunned and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have been searching for you anxiously!”
Luk 2:49 But he said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that it was necessary for me to be doing the things of my Father?”
Luk 2:50 And they did not understand the statement that he spoke to them.
Luk 2:51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was submitting to them. And his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Luk 2:52 And Jesus was advancing in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and people.
when our commitments clash
Joseph and Mary had lost track of Jesus, and only found him after days of searching. They found him in the temple courts, conversing with the Bible teachers about God things. The whole story speaks to the subject of balancing commitments to God with our obligations toward others. Luke points this out by saying that after this incident, Jesus rejoined his parents in Nazareth, and continued to submit to them, and that he continued to advance in wisdom and stature, in favour with both God and the people. He had found the balance that allowed him to function appropriately in both realms.
We need to find the same balance, staying true to our relationship with God, and staying responsible and faithful in our human relationships as well. At times, these commitments will clash, and when so, we must stay true to God. But normally our good standing with God will result in peace toward others.
LORD, as far as possible, keep us advancing in our relationships with others as well as yourself.