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"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52)

There are many outstanding traits that Jesus possessed that would be good for all of us to have as part of our basic character development. Last Sunday we looked at the nurture of our spiritual and emotional nature. we must turn to Jesus as our perfect example for a clear perspective on the subject of balanced life. As a pre- teen Jesus was already introduced to the spiritual life of his community. He travelled all the way to Jerusalem from his home town to fulfill the demands of the spiritual expectations. Jesus as a boy was so immersed in the things of God that he was left in the temple and his parents had trouble looking for him. At his age he had great discernment of the things of God such that even the teachers of the law were amazed. He sat among the teachers and asked questions. This was a perfect way of nurturing his spiritual nature. Emotionally, Jesus as a teen is also an example of emotional maturity. When he was left in the temple, His parents were worried. Infact he was away from his parents for three days. His parents were worried that he could have been lost in the crowd. They were distressed, (Luke 2:48). Children can be a source of distress for the parents; however His answer to the parents reassured them and dispelled their anxiety. It was a great display of emotional maturity.

As a pre-teen Jesus took spiritual nurture seriously. He sat under instruction and tutelage of teachers and as a result of this His parents were amazed by his understanding. (Luke 2:50). Our spiritual maturity is a life journey of growth that should culminate into spiritual maturity. The Bible records that it was a custom for the family to travel for spiritual pilgrimage every year..(Luke 2:47).This underscores the nature of our spiritual nurture as a life style rather than an event. There must be a deliberate effort to grow our spirituality. (2peter1Vs5).  Today we turn to the nurture of our social and physical nature. Jesus is still our standard to a clear understanding on the demands placed upon as believers to live a balanced life style. Jesus grew in favor with man. This is to develop socially. It has to do with human beings living together as a group in a situation which requires they have dealings with one another. Man is created a social being: to live one with the other. It is not in man's nature to live alone (Gen. 2:18). He is to be a gregarious being.

We need to learn to love people because it makes it easy to live with them. Jesus associated with all kinds of people --publicans, sinners, Samaritans -- because He loved them (John 3:16). Jesus always tried to influence those with whom He associated to be better people setting the proper example of behavior before them.

We can learn from Jesus certain social skills that are ideal to our social growth within the society. As a child, he was subject to His parents (Luke 2:51; Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20.Mature social interactions should be the hall mark of a healthy family and society. Our welfare as members of the society is linked to the level of honour that we give to our seniors. Infact, this honour determines meaningful living in the family and the society. Secondly we must not just live for ourselves but for others as well. Jesus did not live selfishly, but for others (Mark 10:45; Phil. 2:4). He accomplished God's will in His life (John 6:38). He left an example that all can follow (1 Pet. 2:21). As believers, we must work and develop our social capital with a legacy of influence on the people that come in contact with us by becoming agents of social change.

Lastly and not in any way the least, we must nurture our physical nature. To advance in stature is to develop physically. Jesus developed a strong, healthy body. Our bodies are to be instruments of our service (Rom. 12:1; 6:12-13) and temples of the Holy spirit.(1 Cor. 6:18-20).However,Paul draws attention to the fact that though bodily exercise is of great value, It should not be done at the expense of spiritual nurture. This is all about a balanced life. In a generation where spirituality is increasingly becoming any other business let us turn to Paul who admonished the young Timothy that 'For bodily exercise is of some value. Godliness is of value in every way because it holds promise for the present life and the time to come' (1Timothy 4:8).


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