Luke 2:40 - Pattern for Becoming Like Christ.

Luke 2:40 (NKJV) And the Child grew and 
became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and 
the grace of God was upon Him.  

Luke 2:40 (NIV) And the child grew and 
became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the 
grace of God was upon him.  


The child grew and became strong, filled 
with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. 
[NRSV] Jesus' life gave the evidence of being 
filled with the Spirit. He grew (euxanen, refers to 
his physical growth), became strong 
(ekrataiouto, refers to his spiritual growth), was filled 
with wisdom (refers to his intellectual growth), 
and was an object of the favor of God (refers to 
his growth in perception of God's will). Wisdom 
and God's favor indicated the presence of the 
Holy Spirit in his life. [Life Application 

   When God the Father sent his Son into the 
world in human flesh, the Son voluntarily laid 
aside his divine rights and privileges (see 
Philippians 2:6-8). Though he didn't give up his 
divinity, Jesus grew in a way that we too can grow: 
"He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God 
was on him" (Luke 2:40).  
   We should never forget that Jesus is our 
prototype. Jesus was "full of the Holy Spirit" (Luke 
4:1). That is also God's desire for us. And he 
wants us, like the child Jesus, to be saturated 
with his wisdom and grace. [NIV Once A Day 


   Fathers and mothers were to instruct 
their children that the law of God is an 
expression of His character, and that as they received 
the principles of the law into the heart, the 
image of God was traced on mind and soul....  
   Jesus gained knowledge as we may do, His 
intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how 
diligently His early years were given to the study of 
Gods word. And spread out before Him was the 
great library of Gods created works. He who had 
made all things studied the lessons which His own 
hand had written in earth and sea and sky....  
   As we try to become acquainted with our 
heavenly Father through His word, angels will draw 
near, our minds will be strengthened, our 
characters will be elevated and refined. We shall 
become more like our Saviour. And as we behold the 
beautiful and grand in nature, our affections go out 
after God. While the spirit is awed, the soul is 
invigorated by coming in contact with the Infinite 
through His works. Communion with God through prayer 
develops the mental and moral faculties, and the 
spiritual powers strengthen as we cultivate thoughts 
upon spiritual things.... 
   Christ was the only sinless one who ever 
dwelt on earth; yet for nearly thirty years He 
lived among the wicked inhabitants of Nazareth. 
This fact is a rebuke to those who think 
themselves dependent upon place, fortune, or 
prosperity, in order to live a blameless life. 
Temptation, poverty, adversity, is the very discipline 
needed to develop purity and firmness.... 
   All should find something to do that will 
be beneficial to themselves and helpful to 
others. God appointed work as a blessing, and only 
the diligent worker finds the true glory and joy 
of life....  
   He was never so full of worldly care as 
to have no time or thought for heavenly things. 
Often He expressed the gladness of His heart by 
singing psalms and heavenly songs....  
   The atmosphere of hope and courage that 
surrounded Him made Him a blessing....  
   The more quiet and simple the life of the 
child, - the more free from artificial excitement, 
and the more in harmony with nature, - the more 
favorable is it to physical and mental vigor and to 
spiritual strength. DA68-74 


   At a local library, I used to run into a 
sweet young woman who is dearly gifted in 
ministry. I've heard her conversations with others and 
can attest to how good she is at encouraging 
people with the Word. As I got to know her better, 
I saw that her life seemed very unstable. She 
was estranged from her husband, had young 
children in foster care, and barely knew where she 
would lay her head each night. When I suggested 
she focus on improving her living situation and 
perhaps get under the covering of her pastors, she 
balked and said, "We are all ministers." 
   I blessed her with a gift and wished her 
well, but today's Scripture verse shows us that 
even Jesus had to spend time growing strong and 
gaining wisdom before He launched into ministry. 
This applies to stepping out into any venture, 
whether it's a missions trip or a new career. 
   When my mom and I applied for a loan to 
start a catering business, we couldn't just walk 
into a bank with our great idea - we had to show 
a good track record and provide a detailed 
business plan. Moses had his forty-year prep time in 
the Midian desert before his heart was ready to 
receive the call (Acts 7:29-30). And a little known 
fact about the apostle Paul is that he spent 
three years in Arabia after his conversion before 
joining the disciples in ministry (Galatians 
1:17-18). Look how successful they were - two of the 
greatest Christians in history! If Jesus, Moses, and 
Paul had to prepare for success, I do too. Pamela 
Toussaint Howard 
   Faith Step: Begin writing down steps to 
accomplish each day to move toward your goal or vision. 
Resist rushing ahead of the plan. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 




John 17:17 - Holiness from God's Word.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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