32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. — Luke 12:32 NLT
Most Christians are very familiar with this passage of Scripture. We are probably more familiar with the version in Matthew 6. These passages are about how God will take care of us and all of our needs. We are warned not to be concerned about our needs for tomorrow. Rather, we are to be concerned with our thoughts and activities for today. In the above verse, God extends that promise to include not only our needs but the whole Kingdom of God. We assume that that is a promise for the future and it is. But, if we put this verse in the context of what Jesus is teaching the disciples and us, then it becomes a promise for now and later. Particulary, in the Matthew version, this teaching follows closely after Jesus has taught the disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”. In that prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray,”Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.” We are a part of the Kingdom of God that exists on earth now. Not in its perfect state, that will come later, nevertheless, it exists now and God wants us to enjoy the benefits of living in the Kingdom now and much more later. It gives God great joy when we accept His gifts and live lives that are full of joy and worry-free. When Jesus tells us not to worry and not to fear, His words are not just empty words, they carry the weight of the Resurrection Power of God behind them! They are more than a mere suggestion!