I have never come across such things, and yet this is precisely what Jesus wants to tell us. Do not be afraid. Remember who you are, know that you became My most precious creation when you were created.
But we do forget who we are. We fall prey to fear. Fear is a strong emotion, and generally, it is a negative one born out of trauma or rejection. No one wants to be rejected, and when Jesus said, do not fear, he is pointing us to pay attention to what the Heavenly Father wants to tell us.
So, what makes you anxious, fearful? Why do we worry? We do it because we feel that perhaps if we don’t worry, then we don’t care enough!’ What a contradiction!
Jesus is addressing three basic needs. First, the need for being physically well. He promised us that God is the one who will provide our daily bread.
Second, the need for good self-esteem. He promised us that we would be well dressed to look amazing with the clothes God provides.
Third, we are accepted and loved by our Father God. His love is perfect, a love that drives fear away!
Jesus came to set us free from anxiety, worries and fears. He went to the cross so that we could call His father our father, and bring all our concerns to Him.
Now, I want you to look at these pictures that Jill has drawn for us and ask the Lord to speak to you.
“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. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 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! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“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. 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?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”
(Luke 12:22–32 NLT-SE)
Dario is a husband, father, pastor and passionate pursuer of Jesus and His Kingdom. He is a Pastor, loyal friend, and walks the walk when it comes to being a carrier of God’s presence. He expects things to happen when he prays for people. He loves having fun and eating olives (preferably at the same time).