Monday, July 4, 2011

Fear Not, Little Flock

Red-Letter Monday

"It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…" (Luke 12:32b)

At times, worldly ambition creeps into my life like a bad memory. 

I used to figure this was some monumental spiritual failure on my part. After all, with respect to earthly provisions and circumstances Jesus said, "Fear not," and, "Do not be anxious." Paul said, "Be anxious for nothing..." The Psalmist rejoiced that neither he nor his family were ever forsaken (37:25).
I know these things, but I still have my "bigger fish bowl" moments.

Far from being faithless, I've decided I'm just human. I'm a father, a husband. I want to provide - and well. I still have ambitious moments. I know that I could use my head and hands to do other things. But I remind myself that I could never use them to do better things.

Serving at this level in the kingdom of Christ is a tremendous honor. It is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. I'm convinced that nothing else could ever provide the same level of challenge, reward and fulfillment.

In other words, a bigger fish bowl is still just a fish bowl.

For those who put their whole livelihood in God's hands, Jesus' encouragement is tender, simple and satisfying: "Fear not, little flock, it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."


  1. I love you, and think your bowl is perfect the size it is now.

  2. Thanks, Sam. You're perspective is always helpful!

  3. I have the kingdom. The rest is a shadow. Am teaching my ambition that daily. Thanks for the good reminder that a fish bowl is just that, no matter what the size.