32Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Luke 12:32-34
A vast majority of Christians are driven by the destructive heresy of living the Christian life based on performance. I must act, possess, accomplish, own, resemble, or wear, or else they won’t accept me, or he won’t like me, or she won’t respect me. The general thought is we will not measure up for somebody. And then we go on to apply this same twisted thinking to our relationship with God.
This destructive way of thinking invades our lives so easily and quickly. The love, friendship, partnership, or care of others toward me becomes dependent on what I do or how I am doing. We exhaust ourselves running frantically, trying to do enough, be enough, earn or merit something from someone. We are on the performance treadmill and it is never-ending. Where does this leave us? Tired, brittle, ragged, unhappy, shallow, spiritually near death’s door, and yet we keep running out of fear of what may happen if we don’t.
That’s where this word from Luke comes in. I love the amazing, powerful, personal promise in verse 32 from Jesus’ own lips to your and my ears. “Fear not.” Stop worrying. Stop the running and striving. It is God’s “good pleasure” to give us everything we need. What an insight into the heart of God! He is not miserly, greedy, or stingy. He is a good God who is generous to His own. It is His good pleasure to give to us, His children. The word pleasure means to take delight in. God’s delight is to care for His sheep. Want proof? Look at the cross. He can’t give greater proof than giving His own life for you.
The Christian life is not to be exhausting! God did not intend for us to seek to earn others’ love by what we do. And we certainly cannot earn God’s love or approval by works of any sort. Such tender words, “Fear not little flock.” Hear His words? Let His truth rescue you so you can stop performing and then fully rest in Him.
If someone gave us tickets to Walt Disney Kingdom for a day that would be wonderful, but what if they gave us Walt Disney Kingdom itself! Our good Shepherd delights to give you, His much loved sheep, His entire kingdom! You can’t earn it, nor can you lose it by your performance: So get off that treadmill today and rest and delight in His gift of grace to you through His Son, Jesus Christ. —Norm Millar
- How much of my efforts each day are spent trying to please someone for their approval?
- How can I tell when I am doing that?
Prayer – Father, thank You for being such a gracious and giving Father. How often I forget that it is Your good pleasure to care for me. In this world, we must earn love and respect, but with You it’s freely given. Help me to remember that and allow that kind of love flow from You to me to those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.