32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:32-34 NRSV)
Luke 12 has several admonitions to “not fear” or “do not be afraid.” (The Greek is the same root from which we get the word ‘phobia’). The fear here seems to be fear of want, of need, of poverty – the fear of being without what we need.
There is also here a theme of destruction – destruction of the soul, of the body, of treasure.
The phrase “good pleasure” is interesting. God wants to give the kingdom, treasure of the spirit, rather than earthly treasure that will not endure anyway.
If I were to categorize my worries, my anxieties, I think that money would top my list. Having enough to live on. Financial obligations that loom on the horizon and move relentlessly toward me. Concerns about the future – retirement, health care, etc. This entire chapter hits close to home for me on many days.
I often read these words to be about trusting in God to provide (which I believe God does). But it is more about loyalty, passion, and focus. Where do I focus my efforts – as well as my fears? Where do my thoughts go when they dream of the future? On what do I spend my efforts and emotions?
God wants to give me the kingdom – not money. God wants to entrust me with a treasure that inflation cannot erode… that a poor economy cannot threaten… that fraud or deceit by others cannot diminish… that my own mismanagement at times will not destroy.
O Lord, let me live into your pleasure. Let me receive what you so want to give – your kingdom. I invest myself today in you and your future. I save my anxieties and worries for your will and not my wealth. I seek to know this treasure that cannot go away, given by a God who is eternal, good, and loving. Amen.