by Ernest Easley

Busy with the Father's Business
Ernest L. Easley
Luke 2:41-50

Now on this Missions Warm Up Sunday, as we ask God how much He would have us give next Sunday to our World Mission Offering, take your Bible and turn with me to Luke 2 where we find the first recorded words of Jesus.

Those words are found in verse 49, ''And He said to them, 'Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?'' When Jesus said that, He said a mouthful!

''I must be about My Father's business.''

If there was ever a day that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ should be busy about the Father's business, it's today! Oh, the church is busy all right; busy doing a lot of things and a lot of good things, but are we busy with the Father's business?

If we're not careful, we can calendar ourselves busy doing about everything except the Father's business. And as we're busy having a good time, people are: living a Christless life, dying a Christless death resulting in a Christless eternity.

God's plan for Roswell Street Baptist Church is to be busy with the Father's business, and if we're busy with any other kind of business, we need to change our business!

Now as you consider how much money you are giving next Sunday through the World Mission Offering, I want to speak to your heart about: The Father's Business

To grasp the gravity of The Father's Business, three questions need asked and answered. Once The Father's Business is understood, I believe you will understand why you need to give next Sunday more money than you have given before to our World Mission Offering.

(1) WHAT is the Father's Business: His Priority?

I believe I can sum up the Father's priority in one word: REDEMPTION!

Jesus said in John 12.47, '' ..I did not come to judge the world, but the save the world.''

Luke 19.10, ''for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.''

2 Peter 3.9, ''The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some ...

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