We see that Jesus learned his identity and purpose early. When his worried and possibly angry mother asked why he had gone to the temple without telling his parents, Jesus responded, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” That response is revealing!
You see, a Jew did not speak of God as “my Father.” Individual Jews always spoke of God as “our Father.” Jesus’ departure from that custom revealed that he saw himself uniquely as God’s Son. And knowing that he was God’s Son likely led him to understand, even at a young age, that his Father had sent him on a mission—to rescue his people.
At 12 years old, a year before he would officially become a Jewish adult, Jesus had already learned things that take most of us decades to figure out: his true identity and his purpose. Want to simplify your life and your decisions? Focus first on figuring out who you are (identity) and what you are supposed to (purpose)