Reading: Luke 12: 32-40
In a world where fear is so prevalent, Jesus’ words of “Do not be afraid little flock” bring us great comfort and reassurance. In our lives the fear of violence, illness, and death join together with our worries about money, popularity, and appearance. But in Jesus’ simple words we hear His desire to take us in, to keep us from harm, to protect and guide us. Metaphorically, we are the sheep and Jesus is the shepherd.
At times in our lives we will feel fear or experience anxiety over money… We may even begin to feel overwhelmed. In these moments we must call upon our faith to calm our fears and worries. God has us. We are the flock that lives in God’s ever present love and care. Jesus goes on to remind us of God’s desire to give us the kingdom. It is a place of love and peace and comfort and rest. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God is constantly st work building up the kingdom here on earth.
As followers of Jesus Christ we are invited both into the kingdom and into the work of building it. We are invited to live in this place of peace, comfort, rest, and love and away from the things of this world such as fear. But many do not know of this place. Many do not have a relationship with Christ. One of our roles is to help in spreading and building the kingdom here on earth by inviting others in by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. God desires that all the people of the earth are in the kingdom. The kingdom is for all people.
With Christ in our lives, we are no longer slaves to fear, to worry, to the things of this world. We know these things exist and they do creep in from time to time. Because we rest assured in Jesus’ love and care, we can cast all of these things upon Jesus. This is a wonderful part of being in the ‘little flock’. It is also a wonderful thing to share. This day may we work alongside God, striving to add more sheep to the flock.