Feb 24, 2019

Dear Wellspring Ohana,

This week as Wellspring’s pastoral team and the SLC (servant leadership council) crunched numbers, sent a few e-mails back and forth, and discussed our upcoming vision and budget meeting to be held after our worship gathering today, this phrase kept repeatedly coming to mind.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”

I was pretty sure this phrase was a scripture verse, but I didn’t know exactly where it was from, so of course, I googled it. I quickly found out that it is in fact a scripture verse, Luke 12:32. Somehow I remembered it exactly word-for-word. Jesus is speaking, and he says this phrase right in the middle of a famous sermon to his disciples about money and not worrying. Here’s my paraphrase of some of that sermon.

“The birds are fed and cared for,” Jesus tells his disciples, “without having jobs to clock in and out of or a savings account to depend on, …and yet you worry about so much, you who are so much more valuable than birds!”*

At a time when Worry and Anxiety seem to be the rising current of our day, what might it look like to embrace Jesus’ teaching on God’s provision? What might it look like to be people who aren’t afraid of not having enough? What might it look like to be people who know in the deepest parts of our being that the entire Kingdom of God belongs to us? To you and to me?

This is hard for me. I’m a natural worrier. Worst case scenarios pop easily into mind. I often think, “Am I enough? Do I have enough time, resources, energy, hope to go around?”

The answer to that question is “No.”

I don’t have enough time, resources, energy, and hope to go around, and neither do you. The needs around us, among us, and within us are too great. This sounds like bad news, but it just prepares us for the good news God wants to share with us today.

The good news of Jesus is that we don’t have to have enough or be enough. All you and I are called to bring to the table is who we are and what we happen to be holding in our hands, as small and feeble as it may be. What God brings to the table is ALL of GOD’S KINGDOM. And God finds it God’s “good pleasure,” “delight,” and “desire” to give it to YOU. We don’t have to have enough time, money, energy, hope and peace, because all of God’s time, resources, life and power are ours in Jesus, given to us through the Spirit.

Today, know that you don’t have to be afraid of whatever you’re personally facing in your life, and of what might arise to challenge our church community this next year. In fact, we’re told not to worry. God has something good in store for our “little flock” of Wellspring. Our Father longs to give us the Kingdom. Everything that is God’s is ours. Let’s let that sink in.

Do not be afraid…. do not be afraid… do not be afraid.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”

Yours in Jesus’ love,

Pastor Rebecca

*Luke 12:24-26 “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?”

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