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What are you worked up about - statement #7 from Jesus

28 statements from jesus marriage smalley marriage radio Sep 24, 2018

“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12:32

“Little flock” refers to believers who belong to God’s kingdom and live under God’s loving care (vv. 22–31). This image recalls the Old Testament's depiction of God as a caring shepherd of His people (e.g., Psa 77:20; Jer 13:17; Mic 4:8).

Elsewhere the NT presents Jesus as the fulfillment of the OT’S promise of a true shepherd of God’s people (see Matt 9:36; Mark 6:34; John 10:11–18; compare Isa 40:11; Ezek 34:11–31, 34:23 and note). (Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 12:32). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.)

The true disciple is not afraid because of a sincere trust in God. The true disciple doesn’t draw their security from things, or people, or places but from God. This makes you free to give to others when called upon.

If their treasure (or security) is money, then that will be their consuming passion. Making money one’s treasure is the path to insecurity… (Schreiner, T. R. (1995). Luke. In Evangelical Commentary on the Bible (Vol. 3, p. 823). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.)

Why did Jesus make this statement?

Because the Jews he was speaking to were worried. A few verses before they are being told not to be like other nations who are seeking possessions (v30)...will this really allow us to be happy? A few verses later it’s their fear about giving to others. It’s an attitude of wanting to hold on, just in case!

“We stop focusing our quest on things, and we start selling what we don’t need and turning our stockpiled resources into ministries of kingdom-bringing love.” John Piper

How does this help your relationship?

"The Romans had a proverb which said that money was like sea water; the more you drink the thirstier you become. Similarly, as long as our attitude is that of the rich fool our desire will always be to get more—and that is the reverse of the Christian way."(Barclay, W. (2001). The Gospel of Luke (p. 195). Louisville, KY; London: Westminster John Knox Press.)

This statement of Jesus helps you realize you are not the center of the world. Self-centeredness destroys relationships.  Jesus is trying to tell you that in your relationship, what are you worried about? You don’t need to worry because it is God's nature to give you the kingdom!

Jesus highlights the problem in your life if you are worried. It is a faith problem.

As a believer, you live under the loving care of God. To experience freedom from a hurtful or frustrating relationship, trust in God. Focus on God and not your relationship. Your perspective and your worry will change.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom


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