Luke 2:39 – “they had performed all things according to the Law of the Lord…”
Some of us would feel so fortunate to have been raised in a godly family. Our grandmothers would have been prayer warriors and would have won many to Christ. Though they were not preachers, through prayer meetings, Sunday school, they reached out to people with the gospel. They were not ashamed to witness for the Lord. In Luke 2:39-52, we read how zealous Joseph and Mary were for the house of the Lord. Every year they went to Jerusalem for the feast of the Tabernacles. They did everything that was required of the Law of the Lord. They named their son Jesus as instructed by the angel contrary to the practice of giving a family name. They took Jesus to the temple with them. They showed the right way to their son, Jesus, and He grew and was filled with wisdom and the grace of God.
Prov. 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” God Himself instructs in Deut. 6:6-8 – “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Observe that teaching should be done diligently. As parents, are we serious in showing the right way to our children? Are we bringing them up in the fear of the Lord and in the ways of the Lord? What are we inculcating in them: a desire for God and godly things or the desire for the things of this world? Do they see in us a good pattern to follow? Always remember that we are open books before our children. They notice us to the most minute detail. Are they seeing the reflection of Jesus in us?