Have you ever felt small, insignificant, or in the minority? Guess what? You aren’t alone. Jesus encouraged his disciples with the following words: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke12:32). Though you feel small, you are very valuable to the Father. Don’t worry. Stop running after all the things the world says is important. It’s not. Stop wandering off in search of greener grass. Come out from the crowd and become a disciple of Christ. Become a student of God’s Word and pick up your cross and follow Jesus daily. He is the good shepherd. You will find protection and provision when you are in his flock and in his care. You were created for relationship. You are not intended to live life alone, on your own. Remember, it’s the banana that leaves the bunch that gets peeled.
To go deeper, read Luke 12:22-32 then take some time to answer the questions below.
In the context of Luke chapter 12, who was Jesus speaking to? What is the contrast between the large crowd of unbelievers and the small band of believers? How does that apply or speak to us today? What does it mean to be a disciple? Why should a disciple be a follower and a student?
What two main themes stand out in Luke 22-32? How does this fit into verse 32, “Do not be afraid little flock, for the Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom?” What two kingdoms do we have to chose from? Who has the Father given his kingdom to? Why does that matter? What difference does in make when it comes to fear and worry?
When Jesus refers to his little flock, what was he referring to? What does the word “small” mean? Have you ever felt small, insignifant, or in the minority? What does the world often equate with power? How do numbers or size influence people today? Do you feel the pull of more… more money, more stuff, more status, etc.?
What comes to mind when you think of sheep? In what ways are sheep weak, vulnerable, or defenseless? Who do sheep depend on for their provision and protection? What do sheep and disciples have in common? What do both sheep and disciples need? Who is the good shepherd?
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Scriptures used in this teaching: Luke 12:22-32; Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 10:23-25; John 10:14, 27-28; Matthew 6:33; Luke 9:23; Psalm 23