The Father Loves Giving You the Kingdom | Luke 12:22-34

The Father Loves Giving You the Kingdom | Luke 12:22-34

The Father Loves Giving You the Kingdom – Luke 12:22-34

Introduction

Luke 12:22-34 ESV  And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  (23)  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  (24)  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  (25)  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  (26)  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  (27)  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (28)  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  (29)  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  (30)  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  (31)  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  (32)  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  (33)  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  (34)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

  • Now this is a very popular passage in the teaching and ministry of Jesus Christ, and as such it is taught on by many different people with many different agendas.
    • Those who preach a false Social Justice Gospel will look at this passage and say “See, stop worrying about yourself and sell everything and give it to the poor and the oppressed! That’s what God wants!”
      •  But the Social Gospel preachers miss the point that this passage is about God’s kingdom, which means not just feeding empty belly’s, but also empty souls.
    • Many a well meaning preacher will teach this passage to mean “Focus only on God and church and He will take care of the rest”.
      • While this is certainly a better application of this message, it still falls short of being Kingdom minded.
        • Sometimes we focus so much on God and the things of God that we forget that God has a will and want’s us to do work for Him, namely, brining His Kingdom come.
    • I myself have preached this message as a Mission’s Sunday message.
      • I have implored that the Kingdom of God is of all tribes nations and tongues, therefore we should focus on missions and God will take care of us.
        • And while I think this is definitely the most accurate of the three applications thus far, I think we can take it a step further this morning because we now understand the full Context in which Jesus was saying these things.
  • Jesus was talking about Covetousness in this sermon, wasn’t he?
    • He gave the example of the greedy Rich man who felt that if he just had more money, more food, more grain, then he could be satisfied.
  • Jesus was talking about Covetousness, the want and desire for more more more more MORE!
    • It’s not mine, BUT I WANT IT!
    • I have a lot, but it’s not enough!
  • So Jesus is talking about covetousness, and he gives this example of how NOT to live life, how NOT to go about things…
    • So now, directly following that He is giving this example of how you SHOULD do things, how you SHOULD go about things.
  • And this morning, what I want you to know, if you take away just one thing, it’s this…
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    • THE FATHER LOVES GIVING YOU THE KINGDOM.
    • HE LOVES GIVING YOU HIS KINGDOM!
    • IT BRINGS THE FATHER JOY TO GIVE YOU HIS KINGDOM!
    • It’s all about verse 32 this morning…

Luke 12:32 ESV  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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Point One: Who’s Kingdom Are You Seeking

Luke 12:22-26 ESV  And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  (23)  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  (24)  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  (25)  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  (26)  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

  • The question needs to be asked this morning: “Who’s kingdom are you seeking?”
    • Food, clothing, jobs, homes, cars…
      • That’s all your kingdom.
      • That’s seeking after taking care of yourself and your family.
    • Are you seeking your kingdom?
      • Do you spend more time focusing on making your kingdom come then you do seeking God’s kingdom come?
  • I am sure many of us do, to at least some extent, seek our own kingdom come. Watch how easy this is, take the Isaiah 6:8 test…

Isaiah 6:8 ESV  And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

  • If the voice of the Lord spoke to you and said “I want you to go to Seira Leonne next week, and you are going to stay there ministering for the rest of your life.”
    • What would you say?
      • Be honest… what would give you pause.
      • If you say no, why not? What would be your excuse?
        • Well Lord, I will go after my kids graduate highschool.
        • I will go just as soon as I finish my degree.
        • Isn’t there someplace more comfortable I could go?
        • I don’t think I will be comfortable there.
        • I don’t like the food there.
        • What about my kids?
        • What about my parents?
        • How will I make money?
        • The health care is bad there…
        • I won’t be able to play video games
        • I won’t be able to watch Netflix
        • I won’t be able to watch the Packers, or the Steelers, or the Beers, or the Vikings or whatever horrible team I like…
    • Seriously, what would be your excuse?
      • Your kids, that’s part of YOUR KINGDOM
      • Your parents, that’s your families Kingdome
        • Hopefully your parants and kids are part of God’s Kingdom too, and if so they won’t care that you are in radical obedience to God, instead they should applaud it.
      • Your job, that’s your kingdom
      • Your food, your clothing, your comfort, your hobbies… even your health and age… that is all stuff pertaining to YOUR KINGDOM.
        • God used a 90 year old woman to give birth to Isaac who was the begging of God’s Kingdom on earth.
          • And you think He can’t use you?!
    • If you are truly seeking God’s kingdom, then whatever He tells you, you will obey… because He is Lord and you are not.
      • He is King over His Kingdom, and when the King speaks His servants listen.
  • And listen, church, God knows your needs better than you do!
    • He isn’t going to let His faithful servant starve to death! GOD’S GOT YOU! Trust in Him!
  • Look at this story from the life of Elijah, how the radical obedience pays out…

1 Kings 17:1-6 ESV  Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”  (2)  And the word of the LORD came to him:  (3)  “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.  (4)  You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”  (5)  So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan.  (6)  And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

  • First Elijah prophecies a really harsh prophecy against the King about a big drought, a response to the idolatry of the nation, then God tells Elijah to pack up and move to this random brook to hide by.
    • So Elijah leaves his family, his job, his home, his everything behind to go to this brook.
    • Does he starve to death there? NOPE! God literally has Ravens bring him food, bread in the morning and meat in the evening!
      • The worlds first fast-food-by-drone delivery! Take that Uber Eats!
  • If God can feed Elijah by Ravans, can’t He feed you wherever He calls you?
    • Can’t He take care of your aging parents?
    • Can’t He make sure your Kids thrive in that foreign place?
    • Can’t He bring you joy even if it is not the hobby’s you are accustomed to?
  • Who’s Kingdom are you seeking, because if you are seeking after God’s Kingdom, then all this stuff will be provided for you!

Luke 12:31 ESV  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

  • Listen, God called us to Iowa, by way of Singapore, to start a church.
    • I had a great job in a great city that I loved.
    • I had a church I loved, International Christian Center.
    • I had another church full of friends, Faith and victory.
    • My sister lived in Seattle.
    • My in-laws lived just a few hours away.
    • We literally were living the dream.
  • Amanda and I gave up the friends, the family, the city, the job, the churches… to follow after what He called us to.
  • I took more than a 50% paycut.
    • Yet, I live in my dream house.
    • I have two cars, paid off.
    • Amanda has a grand piano.
    • We have a beautiful and huge TV.
    • We have two wonderful children.
    • We have a new church
    • New friends
    • New family…
  • EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE THINGS, EVEN THE TV, HAS A TESTAMONY BEHIND IT.
    • GOD HAS TAKEN CARE OF US!
    • We have no lack.
    • Because we seek God’s Kingdom, and He takes care of us.
  • Who’s Kingdom are you seeking?

Point Two: The Father Loves Giving You His Kingdom

Luke 12:32-34 ESV  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  (33)  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  (34)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

  • Point two this morning: The Father Loves Giving You His Kingdom!
    • It is His joy to give you His Kingdom… what do I mean? I mean this…
    • As you set your heart on the Kingdom of God, whatever that looks like in your calling, He loves showing up and making that happen.
  • That means when Amanda and I said “Yes Lord, send us we will go to Iowa”.
    • God says “Awesome! I can’t wait to build a church through you!”
    • God looks at CLC and says “I LOVE MAKING THIS PLACE GROW!”
    • He looks at our altar calls and says “IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO BRING PEOPLE INTO MY KINGDOM HERE!”
    • He looks at what we are doing and it brings Him joy to bring success to the work of our hands!

Luke 12:32 ESV  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

  • If you want to see God start working in your life, then you need to start working in His Kingdom.
    • I just talked to Pastor Patrick in Seira Leonne, he had so much joy in his voice.
    • Even though we sent a lot of money to build this church, it has still been a lot of work for him and Pastor Henry.
    • They have been working there tails off to get this church built, all while still pastoring the people God has entrusted them to!
    • But for the first time I talked to him, and I haven’t talked to him since the church has been completed, but for the first time he had such victory in his voice, such joy.
    • I said “Tell me whats going on?”
    • He said the church won’t stop growing! People are getting saved every Sunday…
    • He said that the church is that talk of the city and that the youth are coming out like crazy to be a part of it.
    • Pastor Patrick worked hard to bring God’s kingdom… and God takes great pleasure in showing up and bringing growth, and success, and victory to His kingdom!
  • Now am I saying quit your job and move to a foreign country?
    • NO! I AM NOT SAYING THAT!
    • Here is what the Bible says:

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV  For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.  (11)  For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  (12)  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

  • You have to work, only quit when GOD SAYS! Not you!
    • And the truth is, it is rare God says that, not everyone needs to pack up and move to some foreign land.
    • But are you willing?
    • And if so, how are you serving God in your work place?
    • Are you using your paychecks for your Kingdom or God’s Kingdom?
    • What about your free time?
  • Because I tell you, when we build this new church here in Cedar Rapids, or when we buy one, whichever happens, there will be those who have sacrificed much for it, and that work of God will bring those who sacrifice so much joy.
    • Just like the crazy joy Amanda and I get everytime someone get’s saved, or delivered, or healed…
    • We forget all about Seattle… because we are in God’s kingdom now!

Conclusion

  • Gospel Call
  • Altar Call

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