Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
New Day Fellowship, we often miss the obvious! The context of our verse for today is the moment where Jesus was teaching His disciples concerning their preoccupation with the mundane needs of life in contrast with the greater gifts already given by the Father pertaining to the Kingdom of God. The necessities of food, clothing and such are important, but we must not become obsessed searching for them to the neglect of receiving all that the Kingdom of God provides. Jesus said as much in Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Missing the obvious is a course we have all passed with high marks. A birthday party marking my 9 years of existence on planet earth in Williston, North Dakota serves as an excellent example. Cake, ice cream and a table of gift-wrapped plastic toys set the stage for an awesome experience for my birthday “crew.” The cake, ice cream and gifts however quickly gave way to the impassioned “attack of The Fort” with dirt clods, rocks, and the constant blasts of water from a hose that was barely long enough. So, what was missed? Did we miss all the trappings of the “party” no? But like the disciples, I missed the obvious gifts of loving parents who provided a safe home, love, patience, sacrifice, and the list could go on without end.
Perhaps missing the obvious from God’s point of view should be obvious. After all, what will it take for us to learn that the Father who feeds the birds, grows the lilies and clothes the grass of the field will also provide our basic needs? Paul references this in Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. It’s time we focused on the obvious gifts of the Kingdom—gifts such as love, forgiveness, wisdom, patience, gentleness, goodness and so forth.
My little New Day Fellowship flock, enjoy receiving the Kingdom of God that your heavenly Father takes pleasure in giving to you. Who knows, maybe a refresher course in “receiving” rather than “getting” would be in order.