24 "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
26 "So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
32 "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
We want to protect our little flock. Give them every advantage.
We don't want dark or scary things to happen.
Jesus gave us the seed parable. He expected talents, seeds to germinate and bear fruit. He expected life to test us.
If I go east, He is not there, and if I go west, I cannot perceive Him. 9 When He is at work to the north, I cannot see Him; when He turns south, I cannot find Him. 10 Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trial, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
1 Thessalonians 2:4
Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Therefore - Life is a test of our basic - soul.
The next part is up to us. What do we expect of God? What we would rely upon Him for.
Jesus tells us God is our Father. He adopts John on the way to the cross and His first conversation upon Victory over Death is the adoption of Mary Magdalene.
What do we expect from our Father?
Do we truly believe ~ 'He has so many children. He can't notice me.' How is the Universe you "Created"? Does God have limits? God - your Father - called you by name - He planned your days.
Where are you headed?
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you...
be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
This is daunting. God told us more about that.
1. Baker (Genesis 40:5)
2. Cupbearer - Pharmacist, Maid, Butler, Waiter(Nehemiah 1:11; compare Genesis 40:21)
3. Cooks, moms, food workers (1 Samuel 9:23-24)
4. Fishermen (Isaiah 19:8; Matthew 4:18)
5. Hunters (Jeremiah 16:16)
6. Shepherds (Luke 2:8)
7. Farmer (Genesis 4:2)
8. Harvester (Isaiah 17:5)
9. Plower -Equipment (Psalm 129:3)
10. Judge (Luke 18:2)
11. Doctor - Health Care Luke 1
12. King (1 Samuel 8:5)
13. Governor (Genesis 42:6)
14. Government worker - Matthew
15. Deputy (Acts 13:7)
16. Centurion (Judges 9:54)
17. Scribe (Matthew 5:2)
18. Carpenter (2 Samuel 5:11)
19. Smiths (1 Samuel 13:19)
20. Merchant (Genesis 23:16)
21. Potter ( Jeremiah 18:2; Romans 9:21)
God is using people in their lives. The lives He gave us. Using conversations. God is having us develop relationships.
Surely God gives us lives, talents, people. God changes people, events, timing - for His Plan.
Develop your talent. Your voice. Your way to be in hearts for His Good. God helps us be doing His Plan, He is not the abandoning God.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
God will do His promises.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."