The Young Rabbi

Ericka Loynes

Read: Luke 2:42-51

And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (v. 47)

In 1987, William Hudson III was officially ordained as a minister at only twelve years of age. According to interviews he gave back then, he practiced preaching in a back room of his house after receiving The Picture Bible at age three. By age eight, he preached his first sermon. Though his parents faithfully attended church for years, they weren’t fully committed Christians until after he started preaching. His charismatic style caught the attention of many, and soon he was preaching around the country. Today, William is still fulfilling the early call on his life as a Pentecostal pastor.

At age twelve, Jesus is aware of God’s purpose for him on earth. This is evident when his family notices him missing on their return home and finds him later at the temple in Jerusalem. All who hear young Jesus in the temple are in awe of his grasp of the Scriptures, including his parents who are unsure of how to respond or react. Despite this uncharted territory, his mother recognizes the heavenly Father working in this stage of their son’s life.

Being ready to serve God isn’t about our age. God calls some people to full-time Christian service early in life. He doesn’t limit a person’s potential based on external factors like we do. He looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7), and he sees beyond who we are now to who he will transform us to be (Matt. 4:18; Phil. 1:6). —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, thank God for the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things.