In a group of where everyone else knew each other, I stood out. Over the course of two days I repeated myself a lot, explaining who I was and where I came from. But the other women repeated themselves as well, all asking, “how long have you attended our church?” and responding to my answer with, “Wow, you are brave to come to a women’s retreat so soon!”
Each time I smiled and said something about seeing the retreat as a good opportunity to meet people and get connected to the church. What I didn’t tell them is I showed up out of obedience, not bravery.
For the previous few months, the command “be present” continually pressed into my soul. I’d listen to a podcast, read a blog post, or see a status update from a friend, and all broadcasting the same message: “Show up in your actual life. Step away from the computer, get out of your head, and experience life with the people around you.” But most of all, the life of Jesus himself spoke to me as I read through the book of Luke.
7 Lessons on Being Present From the Life of Jesus
*All verses are from the NKJV
1. Sit with others and listen and ask questions (Luke 2:41-50).
As a boy, Jesus took the opportunity of being in Jerusalem to sit with the teachers in the temple. Luke tells us Jesus both listened to the teachers and asked them questions. When Mary and Joseph ask what he is doing, Jesus responds, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49).
God desires us to learn about Him from others. He expects us to sit down, listen, and ask questions. God also desires us to teach others. Speaking of Jesus at the temple, Luke records, “And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:47).
Sitting with others encourages the sharing of wisdom so that all may grow in their knowledge and understanding of God.