Read: “Jesus Coming of Age”
Jesus and John the Baptist joined together in challenging people to “rethink everything” (repent). Jesus asked his parents to do it when they found him in the Temple, and John did it when he baptized many in the Jordan River.
Like them, we come of age when we understand ourselves in new ways. For many of us, this rethinking is not only dealing with sins which have skewed reality, but also laying down long-held views of ourselves that we took for granted. Rethinking everything means EVERYTHING!
This is scary business because when we let go of something we hold dear, we do not know if we will ever see it again. Ah, but we are dealing with God, and we can be confident that God will return anyone or anything that is truly good and contributive to our living abundantly.
We come of age when we understand that the purpose of our life is to “be about my Father’s business.”