Your Fathers Business
The first half of my life I was about my physical father*s business, the newspaper business. During those years I was also about the Devil*s business. The second half of my life I have been about my Heavenly Father*s business.
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 Corinthians 15:49: And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Colossians 3:9: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
There should be many ways in which we are in the image of Jesus when we receive Him into our hearts and lives. When His earthly body was 12 years old He knew that He must be about His Heavenly Father*s business. One important way that we should be like Him (in His image) is that we will know that we too must be about our Heavenly Father*s business. Before we received Jesus we were about our Father*s business but God was not our spiritual Father then, Satan was.
John 8:38: I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham*s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 1:11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Luke 2:49: And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father*s business?
When we cease to be a spiritual child of the Devil and become a child of our Heavenly Father, who we are and what we do should change significantly. We should be under the influence of a far different Father. We should be changed enough to know we are His children and enough that others will know it too. There should be a multitude of changes, a growth process that continues for the rest of our life on earth.
Ephesians 4:22: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.