“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 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. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“ Luke 12.32-34
As I read this brief passage, and reflect on these teachings from Jesus, I’ve just finished Revive Summer Camp. It’s the middle of summer and I’m hoping that what I did last week was helpful in building treasures in heaven. Introducing students to the Gospel of God’s grace, loving the “poor” (in spirit, in heart, in mind, in body), and helping strengthen his kingdom was the purpose of the week.
Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” What does this mean for us to be given his kingdom and what should be our response to this amazing gift from God?
My first thought in being given the kingdom by Jesus is the question, “What have I done to deserve this!?” What makes us ready to even receive God’s kingdom? I know it is a great gift but am I worthy? And of course, we are not worthy. We don’t really understand the kingdom. But we are recipients of it.
The second thought or question that comes to mind is “How can I share the kingdom?” If God has given me the kingdom, aren’t I obliged to also share it with others? God’s kingdom is his presence, love, grace and peace around us. His kingdom is in Heaven, but it’s also on earth. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is among you.” Therefore, what we are giving is both a present and intangible reality that we can experience through our physical and spiritual lives. God’s kingdom is to be received, experienced and enjoyed as we draw near to the Creator.
So today, my friends, bask in the goodness of God in giving you the Kingdom. Allow his love to flow over you that you might build up treasures in heaven and so advance God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
”O Lord God, you are good. Thank you for loving us. For giving us your Son, our hope, shield and savior. Thank you for your grace and mercy that we might find strength and peace in our time of need. Come now, Holy Spirit, fill me with compassion for those who seek your name. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen