“Thinking he was in their company, they travelled on for a day.’ (Luke 2:44)
It is so easy to lose track of Jesus. And it’s not just us, even his parents did it. You know what I’m talking about. We get so preoccupied with our own activities and concerns and agendas that somehow they become primary and Jesus becomes secondary. Then, before we know it, we’ve travelled a couple of days without him and haven’t even realized it. We have gotten so wrapped up in own business that we have forgotten about him completely.
The problem is that we tend to let other things—seemingly urgent things—take up the foreground of our lives, while we, knowingly or unknowingly, move Jesus (the most important thing) to the background. Other things become focal and Jesus becomes peripheral. And once we lose sight of Jesus, it is hard to even notice that he’s not there. Out of sight, out of mind.
Therefore, we must pay careful attention. We must not allow our schedules and our hurry and our busyness to lull us to sleep. We must stay awake and alert. We must have eyes to see Jesus and ears to hear Jesus even in the tiniest little details of our lives. For Jesus is not imperious or domineering. He is not overbearing or oppressive. He will stand and knock, but he will not bust down the door. He waits to be noticed and invited in. He will not compete for the time and attention that is rightfully his. It is up to us to figure out how to keep him in the foreground of our lives. He is always to be primary, not secondary. And, in order for us to live the lives he created us to live, he must remain focal rather than peripheral.