In Luke 12, Jesus taught the disciples how to overcome fear. In teaching them He addressed the basic symptoms of fear, such as worries and anxiety arising from our need for food, clothing and shelter. These needs were identified by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychology Review, as our physiological needs.
Why does Jesus address these needs? These are our basic needs. Our need to satisfy the physical needs of the flesh. Many of our fears are borne from this desire. By addressing them He cuts to the chase and gets to the primary source of our fear. So that it is uprooted from our lives.
Worrying or being anxious is unbelief. It blocks us from accessing all that is provided for us. Fear will cripple or hinder us from having even our basic needs being met by our Father.
“Fear not little flock!” Be assured. The Father rejoices to give the Kingdom to His children (little flock). The quantifier ‘little’ does not speak to the size of the audience Jesus was addressing but to their level of faith. It is by faith that we possess the provisions of the Kingdom of God. We must understand and accept what is given to the heirs of salvation. Lack of knowledge will cause us to walk as mere children and not as heirs.
Our first step to receiving the promises of the Kingdom of God is simply believing the Lord at His Word; like little children (Luke 18:16). If He has said it. It is so. We must not waver. Trust Him to meet all our needs. Only then can we truly possess the Kingdom.
“Now the Just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38