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Your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” Luke 12-30-32

 

Dear Jesus, your words are mind-boggling, unbelief-exposing, heart-encouraging, and hope-fueling. And all four of those hyphenated phrases are really good, and really needed. So, here’s what you’re telling us, and really want us to believe, trust, and live.

We have a Father who loves more than we can possibly imagine. We are his children because of your work on our behalf. Thank you! Our Father knows what we need, and what we think we need, but really don’t. He is generous and wise way beyond our comprehension.

To seek Abba’s Kingdom above all else is to surrender to our heavenly citizenship above all other alliances, fiefdoms, and claims. It also means we don’t make you “lord of anything.” Rather, we recognize that you already are King of kings and Lord of lords—and we seek to live and love accordingly.

Jesus, you spoke these next words for every generation of your “lambs,” including us. “Don’t be afraid little flock.” Hallelujah, we are your “little flock,” which means you are our Good Shepherd. You laid down your life for us—conquering sin, death, and all evil, and were raised to make all things new. Glory!

This is precisely why we don’t have to live in fear. You know our “smallness” and the greatness of our Father’s great joy in giving us the Kingdom. You also know the Day he has set for your return—when the Kingdom will come in fullness. You also know how you are working in all things for our good, right now. Thank you, and So Very Amen.

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