Scripture selection: Luke 12:32

“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.

It’s quite an amazing promise.

God has been pleased to give us the kingdom.

Of all the things with which we might be concerned, all the things for which we might strive,  life in the kingdom of God is surely, ultimately, beyond comparison.

And, according to Jesus, God has given it to us – a gift of love.

Sadly, so many spend so much of their lives “striving” for lesser things.

We worry over how much money we make.

We fret over whether we like our jobs or not.

We lie awake at night thinking about some slight that has happened to us.

We dream, we hope, we regret, we have victories and we suffer small – or not so small defeats.

But, as if there is some great backdrop to our lives, these words live on:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

That ought to put everything in proper perspective.

Life is so much more than what occupies our waking hours.

Life is about being “kingdom people” – all by the grace of God.

So take heart, do not be afraid, one day the true nature of everything will become crystal clear.

We will wake up one day and realize what life has been all about – being part of God’s kingdom – His wonderful, eternal, amazing, kingdom.

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