Don’t worry we have a good Father

Don’t worry we have a good Father

Luke 12 v 32-34 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

Continuing with the theme of not worrying, there is a further fear and one perhaps that is greater than that of gain. It is this: the fear that God somehow is not pleased with you. He might bless us but it is for His purpose not for His pleasure, not because He really wants to.

This morning Jesus calls God ‘your Father’. Pause.

We have already read Jesus’ words, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (11:13)

How much more will your Father …

Growing up in the Salvation Army I was always moved by a hymn that the songsters would sing:

If human hearts are often tender,
And human minds can pity know,
If human love is touched with splendour,
And human hands compassion show,

Then how much more shall God our Father
In love forgive, in love forgive!
Then how much more shall God our Father
Our wants supply, and none deny!

How much more!

Jesus calls his disciples little flock. He is painting a picture to them that not only are they small, weak sheep but that the Father is their Shepherd God and He is pleased to give them this overwhelming, all-powerful, authoritative Kingly rule. This kingdom power which has put the stars in place and holds everything together that can be seen and not seen has been given to them with pleasure!

We know that Jesus has already said to the Pharisees “But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.” (11:41).

Here is our Father being incredibly generous, massively good-hearted to us lesser created beings. He demonstrated gracious generosity to us.

Jesus then calls the disciples and us to live in the light of that.

He is not telling us not to have possessions but He is telling us to not to be afraid to give to those who have less than us. If we have truly understood the Father’s pleasure in giving us His kingdom then we will not be afraid to live a simpler life so that we can give more.

The possessions we have or desire can all come to nothing.

They get old and wear out, moths can destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them. The maintenance on what you possess is constant. But there is a treasure in heaven that will not tire or get old. What is that treasure? It has to be people.

Last night I sat with a group of elders and one of them was telling me how she was helping 4 new converts to Christ. She was so excited as she described the discipleship process they were on. Her excitement was infectious. This was treasure.

Heaven is a real place and laying up treasure is to invest in people so that they get there. Be generous, gracious, big-hearted to those who have less than you, to the poor, that they may find the pearl of great price, the finest treasure, heaven!

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