What happened to Jesus during His 'silent years'?
As Jesus is about to enter into eighteen years of obscurity, Luke gives us only one clue as to His preoccu-pation during those years, informing us, "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stat-ure, and in favour with God and man." (Luke 2:52)
How Jesus spent 91% of His time on earth
The temptation is to think that Jesus grew "naturally" in these areas, but the verse implies that Jesus grew intentionally and deliberately. Jesus grew on purpose. It is tempting only to examine Jesus' miracle-laden ministry, His teaching, His death and resurrection - to look forward at what is about to happen, not look back at what has been. For approximately 3 years Jesus impacted His world, but these 3 years represent only 9% of His life on earth. What about the other 91%? These silent years of Jesus undoubtedly formed the founda-tion for the 9%. This is where Jesus grew
Learning to grow on purpose
Every follower of Jesus and any person who seriously desires to take up the mantle of leading others must also learn to lead themselves. Even though Jesus was God in flesh, He intentionally grew intellectually, physically, spiritually and relationally. If Jesus grew, so should we. Contained with 2:52 lies the blueprint of learning to grow on purpose.
Author: Dr John Andrews is a leader, teacher, motivator and author. Though called to the UK, John has ministered in over 30 nations of the world with a passion to equip and inspire leaders as well as empower followers of Jesus into effective lifestyle and service.