“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people” (NIV Lk 2:52)
Life is like a journey that a person takes from one point to another. Walking is also a step by step exercise that eventually causes one to progress towards a certain destination. In life we, have to grow and progress towards achieving our life goals and dreams.
Therefore life is like a journey in the high way of life. That journey needs to be taken in godly wisdom.
It is clear from the four gospels that the ministry of Jesus Christ was one hundred percent successful that is why the name of Jesus continues to impact the world even after he left this earth 2000 years ago.
If we are to succeed in life as youths or mature persons, then we have to learn from Jesus. There is a secret to his success.
Our text can enable us understand what caused Jesus to succeed in all that he came to do. There are majorly two things that gave Jesus success.
1. Growth in wisdom
In our text, we are told that Jesus grew in wisdom. Wisdom is good judgment. It is the ability to discern between what is good and evil, what is best in the choices that one has to make.
Psalms 111:10 says that: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!”
The fear of God or deep respect for him is the foundation or beginning of wisdom.
When you have deep respect for God, you will consider his position or stand in any matter you are about to decide.
When you give God room in all that you do through obedience to his commandments or word, you grow in wisdom.
When you look at our text, you will realize that Jesus grew just like any other ordinary child. The important thing to note is that his stature (physical body) grew correspondingly with wisdom. In other words every stage he reached had an amount of wisdom that could enable him handle wisely all the decision he would make. This brings us to the point that every stage and responsibility one has requires a certain amount of wisdom to successfully sail through it.
That is why king Solomon did not pray the prayer he prayed for wisdom in 1Kings 3:7-13 until when he was made king.
Job 28:28 says that to shun evil is wisdom. When we walk in divine wisdom, we develop a life style of righteousness.
2. Growth in favour with God and with men:
When you walk in divine wisdom, you attract the favour of God and men.
Proverbs 14:35 says that,
“The king’s favour is towards a wise servant. But his wrath is against him that him that causeth shame.” (AV).
Wisdom brings about good and what is good brings favour:
“If you search for good, you will find favour; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” (NLT)
Proverbs 3:3-4 says that “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them upon thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart; so shall thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” So exercising mercy and living in truth will bring favour.
When you look at all those who were very successful, in both private and public life, you will find that they had favour with men which results from favour with God. This factor plays a very important role in one’s ability to succeed.
Acts 7:9-10 is very clear about what elevated Joseph to a position of honor in Egypt; “And patriarchs moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt; but God was with him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh King of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”
Another example of a successful ministry is that of Prophet Samuel. God put him at the same rank with Moses (Jer 15:1). How did he come to be a great prophet? The answer is seen clearly in 1Samuel 2:26: “And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the lord and also with men.”
For you to impact your community or the people around you and work with them, you will need favour.
It is favour with God and with men that will attract multitude to you. It is favour that will open the door before you to great places. It was favour that opened the palace gate for David and removed him from being a shepherd of sheep to an important man in Israel. “And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, let David, I pray, thee, stand, before me; for he has found favour in my sight.”
It was favour still that enabled Esther to come into the palace and become the queen (Es 2:17).
Not only will favour open doors for you but it will also shield your life and grant you life in case there is danger around you.(Ps 5:12, 30:5)
It was favour with the people that enabled the early church to attract people and rapidly grow.
“And they, continuing daily in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added daily to the church daily such as should be saved.” (AV).
There is a secret here, attracting a multitude of people requires favour. Mass evangelism and church growth require the favour of God if it is to bear much fruit. Politicians require favour if they are to attract genuine support. For one to successfully work with people favour is paramount. In our text we are told that Jesus grew in wisdom at every stage and also in favour with God and with men. That is what every human being needs for success in life.
My prayer is that from today, begin to seek God for wisdom and favour and he will grant them to you through Jesus Christ who alone can deliver us from our sins and usher us into God’s wisdom and favour. (1Cor 1:24)
If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and savior, you can do so now. You need him inorder to walk in divine wisdom.
If you are ready to do that, please say this simple prayer of commitment:
“Dear Jesus, I come to you as a sinner. Forgive my sins. I repent of my sin. Right now, I invite you into my heart as my lord and savior. Help me walk in divine wisdom and favour. Amen”
If you said that prayer from your heart, you are saved by grace through faith. Find a bible teaching church near you where you can fellowship in order to grow spiritually. Let us know about your commitment to Christ through our contacts.
God bless you.

Pr George Oduch
(Senior Pastor VCCMI)

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