Taking a Look at Jesus’ Own Growth Process


“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52, NIV).

Even Jesus had to grow. Of course, we take it for granted that He grew physically. Clearly, He couldn’t stay a baby if He were to become the Savior of the world. He needed an adult body. However, have we spent time meditating on the truth stated here, that He also grew in an internal way? He increased in wisdom at the same time that He increased in height and weight.

If Luke is telling us that He gained wisdom, this means that there was a point when He had less of it. I find this wonderfully encouraging! If even the only begotten Son of God needed to go through a growth process, then you and I are not alone. Jesus showed us the way. It’s okay to not have all the wisdom we need yet. Like Him, we can joyfully engage with the growth process, confident that wisdom will continue to increase in our lives as we do so.

In this same chapter, we find a little story that gives us a clue into what our growth process is to look like. We get a brief glimpse at the twelve-year-old version of Jesus. His family is visiting Jerusalem for the Passover. Something very telling happens on this trip. He experiences a powerfully compelling heart tug towards the teaching ministry in the house of God. This experience is so powerful, in fact, that He stays behind in Jerusalem when His clan has headed back home.

Jesus’ destiny is already stirring inside of Him. He knows on the inside that He was born to be about His Father’s business. These invigorating moments in the temple are stimulating gifts that are an innate part of Him. No doubt, joyfully energy pulsates through His soul as He interacts with the teachers.

However, it’s not time yet. Joseph and Mary come to take him away from that place. The season has not yet come for full activation of His gifts and ministry. What does Jesus do? He recognizes the wisdom in His parents. He submits. And He waits eighteen more years for it to be time for the launch into His destiny. As those years go by, He grows. He increases in wisdom and favor with God and men. He undergoes the growth process just like you and I need to do.

Then, when the time is exactly right, Daddy God presents Him to the world. “This is My beloved Son…” thunders His voice from heaven. And full-time ministry begins. Destiny begins to unfold.

Do you feel like you are in a holding pattern? Do you feel like the authentic expression of who you are is stirring inside of you, and yet not finding its outlet? Take heart, dear one. Daddy has a flawless timeline for your destiny too.

If it’s not time yet for the activation of everything that’s inside of you, continue to actively wait on Him in submission. You are undergoing a growth process. Immeasurably vital changes are taking place inside of you. You are increasing in wisdom and favor. This may be taking quite a bit longer than you ever anticipated. However, at exactly the right moment, the time for full initiation and unveiling will indeed arrive. The purpose you were born for will begin to unfold…


What is your sense of where you are on Daddy’s timeline? Is it comforting to know that even Jesus needed to wait until the proper time?

14 thoughts on “Taking a Look at Jesus’ Own Growth Process

  1. Wow! Wow. This gives me so much to meditate on! Yes, it’s comforting. I also started to consider that all of his preparation ended up with only a three-year public ministry. I’ve often felt guilty joking that it was such a short ministry and relatively short life because being a human is REALLY HARD! But I never thought of how vital the preparation and intensity of the ministry were. Yeah…a LOT to think about today! And the fact that it was, naturally, the last thing he did, helps reassure me that until I’m dead, I’m not too late. Thank you!

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    1. Aw, you are so welcome, LaRonda! It brings me joy to know that this encouraged you. Yes, that is such an important point too, about how the preparation was so much longer than the actual “unveiling of destiny.” What a vital principle! And since so much of our journey is preparation, how essential it is to learn to enjoy the journey instead of being too hung up on when we “get there!” Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts today. Blessings and love to you!

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  2. Seems to be a theme for me today…this week- Wait! abide with and in Him. Your time is at hand, but not quite yet. Yes I can feel it stirring, I know it involves sharing the change that has happened to me and that I can help others in that revelation- Thank you, Jennifer

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      1. Jeff, I deeply believe that every piece of His Kingdom, every heart in humble, surrendered service to Him is equally important, vital, and grand! I am truly looking forward to seeing what He has in store for you 😊

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  3. It gets very nerve racking waiting on Daddy to move for me. I fet reall frustrated and want to give up, but knowing that Jesus had to wait and grow and wait to be moved is very uplifting.

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    1. I’m so glad this was uplifting to you, John! I am so right there with you. I can’t count how many times I felt like giving up too during the waiting seasons. But looking to Jesus’ example strengthens us in every way 🙂 Thank you so very, very much for taking the time to share your thoughts!


  4. This is a thought-provoking post and I thank you for it. Jesus had to be FULLY HUMAN in order to be the perfect sacrifice for humanity. He therefore had to lay aside His deity and learn and grow so folk like us could KNOW that we too must continue to learn and grow all the days of our lives. Even He had to wait for God the Holy Spirit to indwell before He could walk in wisdom (in fullness) not learned just from the Torah. Ministry of extraordinary dimension not just from water baptism but when He was filled with God the Holy Spirit. When He said IT IS FINISHED! on the Cross, I believe He knew the battle was now over between human flesh and evil. He defeated EVIL at the Cross. Only at the Cross and through the shed blood of Christ will we find ultimate perfection and Christ likeness to then follow Him as he leads into ETERNITY. We too wait for the Spirit to come. In 2018 this is still vital. We need to KNOW His in dwelling enabling and He always keeps us…….RETURNING to the Cross with repentance and desiring always a clean pure heart and coming as a ‘little child”……. knowing how much we have to learn is the excitement of ongoing life, I believe. Blessing and Grace!

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    1. Amen! I was just reading today the story of Holy Spirit descending on Jesus at His baptism. The impartation of power and wisdom always accompanied by the enhancement of intimacy: “You are My beloved Son…” How grateful I am that He has made this available to us too! Thank you Faye for sharing from your heart ❤️


  5. Well said. Within every step of the journey, Daddy God is… shaping, molding, renewing; as our heart starts becoming, a reflection of His love! The process is ongoing, the change sometimes not easy to understand; but always necessary, for growth! God bless!

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