“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?