DO NOT BE AFRAID
Read: Luke 12:22-32
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (NIV Luke12:22-32)
Study: “Don’t be afraid” is one of the most common commands in the Bible for a reason. We tend to fear, to worry about what the future might hold. Our minds may see truth in Jesus’ question, “Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?” (We know that research says worry shortens our lives.) But our hearts still tend to worry. Jesus tenderly called his followers his “little flock,” an image of God’s deep desire for their ultimate well-being.
How easy or hard do you find it to put more trust in God’s care for you than in your own efforts? Are you okay with being part of God’s “flock,” not just a free-standing individual?
Prayer: Today, on Christmas, we rely on You. Lead us, Shepherd. Amen.