Whenever you see a representation of Jesus (films, image, painting, etc.), what do you see?
Oftentimes, He is depicted as the nice, loving, caring, and kind man who multiplied the fishes and the loaves of bread to feed 5,000 men; or the guy who healed the leper, the blind, the possessed, the paralyzed, and the broken.
Most of the time, we see Jesus as the nicest person on Earth, which is true, but this is not the only personality He holds. Jesus is also a Man.
Jesus as a boy
Before any man becomes a man, he first has to go through boyhood.
Boyhood is a vital stage to any man’s heart. This is when they start discovering their identity. Jesus was not excused from this stage towards manhood.
Jesus, as a boy, knew his identity. When his parents thought they lost him, he was found three days later at the temple with the teachers. When John and Mary told him they were searching for him anxiously, he simply told them:
“Why were you searching for me?”, he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” – Luke 2:49 (NIV)
Notice what he told them? “…I had to be…”
Jesus knew that his identity is not a matter of ‘if’, it is a matter of who he really is. They thought he was lost, but he knew he is found when he is with the father.
This is why it is important for every man to discover their identity as early as possible. For every household with a boy, the parents or guardian (specifically, males), must be responsible to raise their child with God in their hearts. This way, they will remember their identity is found in Christ.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
A lot of men feel lost navigating their lives. For most part, it is because they don’t know where their identity lies, or do not even know their own identity. This verse is an essential truth to any household raising a child/children. Do not neglect leading the children to Christ, the devil is at work, and he never rests.
Christ’s identity is God, and our identity is found in Christ. Guide them. Lead them. It is our calling to help them find their own calling.
WRITTEN BY: YEV MONARQUIA