In response to my post about “demanding instant, cheerful obedience,” a group member expressed her concerns over how our children will learn to obey human authority (like a job boss, police, etc.), when they are older.
Here is my response:
“I place those concerns in the same category as what Jesus referred to in Luke 12:22-34 (I put the passage at the end of this post). It is possible to come to this place of “not worrying” but I have found that this mindset comes by being thoroughly steeped in the consciousness of His radical love for us as beloved children of a Father who, as you alluded to, has supreme authority. I don’t need to be fearful of His authority as His beloved child. No, I rejoice in the fact that He has authority over Satan, the enemy who seeks to devour me (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8). In fact, He has given every believer authority over all power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) and we are to use our authority to build others up (2 Cor. 10:8). But that is another topic that deserves its own space.
So, let me end with the passage from Luke 12 about not worrying: “22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Luke 12:22-34 NLT”
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