September 18, 2018
Luke 12:32… Fear nor little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
One must read this verse in context or else it seems like the kingdom is ours just for the asking. Here are a couple commands that He gave prior to this statement in the same speech.
Verse 15… He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Verse 22… And He said to His disciples, “Therefore, I tell you, be not anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on.”
I can say with certain confidence, “I m not covetous.” And then I can show you, by example, some things I don’t care about. I can feel sort of proud about that. But, then God will put me in view of something that I desire and all my ‘goodness’ disappears. Yesterday, I took Karla to lunch at a restaurant on a lake near here. I missed having a boat. On a hot sunny day, it is nice to cruise on azure waters in a boat. I think I experienced a form of covetousness. So, the Lord showed me and reminded me that I am still married to this life, here. But, in an effort to justify myself, I might say, “I am not anxious about life.” Once again, I can point you to the ways that I am free from those anxieties. But, once again, God has a way of reminding me about the ways I am still anxious. I have not heard it said, even by a rich person, “I have plenty of money.” When money is our security, it always asks for a little more. For me, it might be $100,000; for someone else, it might be $1,000,000. Anxiety rules in a money driven life.
If I am willing to obey Jesus in these areas, I position myself for his promise, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The Kingdom of God does not consist of the things that are important in the world… food, Clothing, financial security.
Romans 14:17… For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Let go and let God.