Be About Your Father’s Business and You Will Easily Forget Yourself

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 97

And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

–Luke 2:48-49 (ESV)

Above all things, therefore, love God and his order—and love it as it presents itself, without wanting anything else. Whether God orders this or that for you is his business, not yours, and whatever he gives is the best thing for you. All spirituality is summed up in this maxim: abandon yourself purely and entirely to the order of God, and then, in continual self-forgetfulness, occupy yourself eternally with loving God and obeying him, without all the over-thinking, second guessing, fear, and anxiety that can otherwise accompany the matter of salvation and spiritual growth. God is offering to take care of this business himself, so hand it over, once and for all, to his infinite wisdom, and concern yourself only with him and what pertains to him.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Self-forgetfulness is the blessing that comes when you are so occupied with other, more glorious ideas that you have nothing left for yourself. When you try to forget yourself, your attention is on your own efforts. You need something bigger to focus on until you lose sight of yourself. The good news is that there is nothing bigger than God himself, and your business is to be occupied with him. Pursue his interests in the world. Care only about loving and obeying him, but do not let it be about your love and obedience. Keep it about him and his worthiness.

Like everything else we need to do in the spiritual life, Jesus has already done it for us, and he did it perfectly. He was found in his Father’s house, occupied with his Father’s business, even at twelve years of age. Then, he was a little older, he made it your business as well.


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