The gospels tell us, “Where our treasure is, there the desires of our hearts will be also.” I have applied and believed this statement from Jesus concerning my own heart for a long time. I know this to be truth. Whatever I treasure is where my heart dwells, it is what I think about and what I promote and protect. However, not long ago I noticed in the gospel of Luke this phrase comes after the statement, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” The distinction is simply this: If the Kingdom is the Father’s treasure and the desire of His heart, it is also his desire and pleasure to give it to us. It is what is in his heart, mind, purpose, grace and love for us.
To give us this heart treasure of the Kingdom is translated in various versions as ‘good pleasure, gladly chosen, pleased and great happiness.’ It seems the deep desire of the Father is to give the treasure in his heart: His Kingdom rule and reign. It is his supreme joy.
This desire is preceded by; “Fear not, or do not be afraid” because it really is the way of the Father’s Kingdom reign and rule to give us the benefits of provision, power, hope, healing and love. It also is a type of warning. If we by faith accept Father’s Kingdom reign over us, then our desires and treasures will be the same as his. This can be very freighting to us who are accustomed to reigning over our own treasures and heart desires. But, great solace should come to us as he calls us his “little flock.” We are his and he is our loving shepherd. It appears to be a safe and sound decision to desire God’s treasures. Your Kingdom come… my kingdom goes.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Jesus