Do Not be Afraid – Luke 12:32 Reflection

As I ponder and reflect on a devotional from Desiring God and Luke 12:32, I am amazed at how God was compared to in different three ways.

 “Do not be afraid, little flock…”

He is our Shepherd. We are his flock. A shepherd guides his flock where to eat and drink. A shepherd protects his flock. A shepherd gives comfort to his flock because of his presence.

Psalms 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

 

Reflection – Where is your security anchored? Are you contented? With the Lord, I shall not be in want. He is my Shepherd.

 

…for your Father…”

He is our Father. We are his children. A father provides for his children. A father loves his children. A father listens to the concern of his children no matter how small it may be.

Galatians 4:6 – Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “ Abba! Father!”

 

Reflection – Do you realize that you can have an intimate relationship with God? When was the last time that you spent time with him? He is our Abba Father and he longs to be with us.

 

…has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

He is our King. We are his servants. A king is powerful. A king is to be respected. A king is to be honored. A king is wealthy.

Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it

Reflection – when you assess your life and actions, do you think it honors the king? He is our shepherd and father but he is also our king.

Luke 12:32 starts with do not be afraid. We shouldn’t be afraid of our enemies because our shepherd protects us. We shouldn’t be afraid about being in need because our Father will provide for us. We shouldn’t be afraid about the capacity of our Father to provide because he is King.

Do not be afraid. What are you still afraid of?

We will cut off your feet (Milon G, Jesus Freaks)

The angry crowd yelled after the lone bicyclist, “If we see you again, we will cut off your feet. Then see if you can ride your bike!”

This is not the first time Milon G. had been threatened by angry crowds of Muslims. But such threats have not quenched his zeal to take the truth of God’s Word to his countrymen.

Indian boy Riding a Bike“I ride to the villages on my bicycle and carry Christian literature. In the rains, I hold an umbrella in one hand and steer with the other. I often fall down and get muddy and scratched. At night, I hold a flashlight. I sing from the Psalms when I ride. The Christians I meet do not have an extra blanket for me, so I try to make it back home to sleep.”

Milon was a teenager when a friend gave him some gospel booklets. “I hid them in a steel trunk in my bedroom. At night I would get my keys, open the trunk and read with a kerosene lamp. Having studied in a muslin fundamental school for twelve years, I had known about Jesus as mentioned in Koran but I didn’t know Him as Saviour. I accepted Jesus in 1992 and was baptized secretly 400 kilometres from my home.”

Stockphoto indian marketEver since then, Milon has been persecuted by Muslims. “I sold clothing in the local market and began placing some Christian books in my shop for other Christians. When Muslim men learned of this, they would walk into my shop and just take shirts, pants and socks from the shelf without paying for them. If I asked for money they threatened to bet me. Anytime someone is interested in the booklets, I give them one.”

Milon says, “We are going through many problems, but still we have Jesus Christ. We have peace through Him, and we have hope that when we die we will go to heaven.”

From Jesus Freaks: stories of those who stood for Jesus 

One more year before it starts with Number three

I believe that this is, by far, one of the most emotional birthdays I ever had. We (men) don’t really want to be too emotional, most especially if it’s your birthday. We want to play it cool and relaxed. But somehow, even yesterday, I was already starting to feel it. 

Maybe it’s because I only have one year left and still be true when I say I’m in my late 20s. Hehe. I don’t really celebrate during my birthday. I just want to keep it simple and be with people close to me, like my family. I can’t recall when was the last time that I actually had a big party and celebrated with lots of people.

But while praying this morning, I just realize that indeed, there is reason to rejoice and celebrate! There is reason to celebrate because life was given. In the goodness of our God and his graciousness, he chose to create us and give us life. And that life should be spent in a wonderful relationship with the one who controls the heavens and the earth. I was personally reminded that it’s really a joy to be given another year in life – another year to experience God’s goodness, another year to see his work in people and another year to encounter his grace and mercies daily.

I’m thankful I have another year to spend before my age starts with the number three. Hehe. I guess, I’m mainly being emotional because I’m really just praying and desiring that I would always walk closely with God and do what He wants me to do.

Success as I would define it is being able to faithful do what the Lord has called you to do. If I can have any birthday wish, I would want that kind of a success.

Thank you to all who greeted me today! Most especially to my mom and dad, for giving me a letter to remind me that I am loved and cared for. May God bless everyone and a double-thumbs-up-selfie for you guys. Haha!

Marc Sorongon

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