“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Reference: Luke 12:32-34 )
The words of our Lord Jesus are very reassuring amidst other passages that warn and exhort us. Jesus makes it sound easy to let go of earthly treasures and instead gather heavenly treasure. Would that others were as gentle. You may have come to realize, beloved, that the historic Anabaptists were rather grim and strict in living out the Christian life. I was made aware this morning that attitudes such as that have changed – or at least changed in me. Instead of worrying and fretting about things, I ask God for help, strength, and wisdom; and to go before me preparing the way, and preparing me for what will come. While this attitude of “letting go and letting God” is not quite analogous to this passage, it does contain the sense that Jesus/God is there for us and under girding us. I know that I am an individual as opposed to a “little flock” but Jesus’/God’s care applies to me as well as to a group. And it applies to you beloved.
The historic Anabaptist, Pilgrim Marpeck, quoted for today said, “I do not intend to judge or condemn the world. The world, along with her prince, the devil, has already been judged before God. Rather, I write this letter as a testimony to Christ that their works are evil. Just as the light is distinguished from darkness, or the riches and treasures of Christ from the treasures of this world, I distinguish them from good works. The children of light always bring forth good from the treasures of their hearts, and the evil bring forth evil from their evil treasures. Where the treasure is, there the heart is also.” Where Jesus reassures the “little flock”, Marpeck foretells gloom and doom for the evil world.
My hope and prayer for you, beloved, is that you are of a “little flock” and are a child of light, bringing forth good treasure from your heart. And may the Lord bless you as you do so. Selah!