The Flock and the Kingdom

luke-12-32-the-flock-and-the-kingdomLuke 12:32   (KJV)   32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Little flock, Kingdom of God—the picture shows a striking opposite. We are so small; God’s Kingdom is so huge—so grand. But God saw it fit to give it to us. And He didn’t do it begrudgingly; He did it with loving delight. That’s the wonder of it all. How can an eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God accommodate such as us? It’s purely because of His love and the generosity of His grace.

It’s not that we are nothing, no; it’s completely the opposite. Of all God’s creation, we are the crowning glory. Humbly, we recognize that we are the one of the most important entities, if not the most important entity of all God’s creation. He values us more than everything else. That’s the reason why we find assurance in His command for us not to fear. That’s based on the obvious reality of His care. He cares for His other creation—small as they are, as insignificant as they may seem; He cares for the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees. He cares for them so much that we see them sufficiently provided for. None of them seem to show any sign of worry.

Let me clarify: we are “big” compared to other creation, but we are infinitely “small” compared to God and His Kingdom—infinitesimal, that is.  This is not an offense to us. Of course, there are those who don’t like the idea of worshiping someone other than themselves, but we fully see the appropriateness, in fact, the wisdom in kneeling before Someone Who’s enormously mighty, Who is in control of all things, and Who cares for us so much more than we can ever imagine.

We have needs—true, but we’re assured of more than sufficient provision. He withheld not His Son—His greatest “Treasure” so that our greatest need is taken care of. Every other need we have is insignificantly little compared to that. It’s exceedingly evident: He freely gives us everything we need for life, godliness, and enjoyment…—His Kingdom for His flock. That’s why we don’t worry; we’re not troubled; we don’t fear.

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Jesus – Son of God

Luke 22:70  (KJV)   70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

The ruling council interrogating Jesus had already made up their minds. It didn’t matter what Jesus could have said and done; they were determined to put Him down – to kill Him. They were just waiting for a viable excuse to justify their intentions and actions. Of all their efforts, nothing has worked so far – until this question. Should Jesus stay silent knowing that the truth will lead to unimaginable pain?Jesus didn’t cower; He gave His unwavering answer: He is the Son of God.

To proclaim the truth that Jesus is the Son of God is to mean hatred and rejection from the world. The world doesn’t like Him; it doesn’t like His teachings; His teachings show so much of righteousness, sin, and judgment. No, the world wants to do whatever it wants to do – good or evil without being seen as bad and without regard for possible consequences. It wants to dictate and define what’s good and what’s bad – in ways that will cater to its wild and wicked lifestyle. The world is a majority. To stand for Jesus is sure rejection, shame, embarrassment, and even pain. But this is a  no-brainer; it isn’t a matter of struggle or negotiation for true followers. Our Master declared the truth, He suffered much; we as followers ought to declare Him as He is, and suffer much if need be. Just remember: His interrogation, suffering and death wasn’t the end of His story; He rose again and now reigns. After our steadfast stand for the truth that He is the Son of God, after all the sufferings we will experience, we too will reign with Him.

Dear God, thank You for this glorious experience of knowing You – the only true God, and Jesus – the only begotten Son of God. Please give us the boldness and the courage to proclaim Him without compromise or fear of the possible painful consequences. After all, what awaits us is in exchange is worth gloriously and immeasurably more.

Saving Conviction

Luke 9:20 (KJV)   20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

After Jesus pointedly asked His disciples who the crowds generally perceive Him as, He quickly directed that very same question towards them. It wasn’t enough that others had a favorable impression of Who He was; It wasn’t enough that the disciples correctly knew what others believed; what’s important was their own conviction. And not just any conviction, it needed to be the right conviction. Praise God, they got it correctly. That was predictable. They’ve walked with Him; They’ve seen His unquestionable integrity. They’ve listened to Him; they’ve heard the purity and authority in His teachings. They’ve seen His miracles; they knew the beyond-humanly uniqueness of His works.

There are many people in the world who see Jesus as a good person Who has done a lot of good for mankind. He has left us great teachings; He has shown us great examples; He has become a great Inspiration that led to myriads of humanitarian efforts and beautiful expressions in the arts. Those are all wonderful. But He challenges us to adjust our focus – from the crowd to our own personal conviction. Is He to us Who He is? From being a Person we know about, has He become a Person we know. Do we really share in the conviction that He is the Son of God Who came to save us? Have we gone from understanding Him as the Lord and the Savior to being our personal Lord and our personal Savior? This indispensable relationship with Him is forged in an individual level. Aside from our Lord’s finished substitutionary work on the cross, there’s no such thing as sponsored salvation – before and after death. Let’s make sure that we have gotten a sure grip of that which He has gotten hold of us for.

Dear God our Savior, may our eyes be opened to see You and Your Son for Who You really are. Help us not to be satisfied with just knowing how others are doing in their perception of, connection with, and walk with you. Help us to orderly put first things first. May we perceive, believe, and receive You in our very own lives as Who You really are – Lord and Savior. Upon doing so, may we be faithful instruments of bringing this same saving knowledge and experience to the crowd. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.