“THE MAIN BUSINESS”
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Many folks enter into some churches and wonder just exactly what church is all about. So many churches have taken on the appearance of the world as they build buildings and design programs that appeal to young people, singles, seniors, etc., etc. Visitors are handed all types of literature that describe certain functions and opportunities within that particular church. They are often given a gift inscribed with the church’s name, address and phone number. I certainly do not believe all these appeals and techniques are necessarily wrong. Marketing a church or ministry is commonplace just about everywhere you go. . .to an extent. There does need to be a personal and warm appeal with some pertinent information regarding that particular ministry.
Jesus said to his mother, Mary, (when she found Him in the Temple) “. . .I must be about my Father’s business.” These are the first recorded words spoken by Jesus in the Bible, even though He was only twelve years of age. Did Mary understand the depth of His words? I doubt it. Although Jesus did not start His public ministry for another eighteen years, He did set the standard when He was in the Temple sitting with instructors (doctors) taking in their words and asking them questions as they discussed the Word of God. It is interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus equated His Father’s business as becoming familiar and knowledgeable of God’s Word. That was, and is today, the first order of business in any church (or should be).
Too many churches have laid aside the Word of God and implemented less offensive materials and programs. It seems the aim in certain ministries is to make a person feel comfortable rather than challenged by the Scriptures and convicted by the Spirit. Paul (the apostle) warned young Timothy of coming times when “. . .they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables” (II Tim 4:3,4). That day is upon us and we must do what we can to turn people back to the Word of God.
The main business is clear and that is to proclaim God’s Word whether it is popular or not. Every Christian is responsible for what they hear, how they receive it and to publish it to as many folks as possible. Christian, the main business is our business and we should be good stewards of it. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).Pastor H. Preston Parker