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

Where is your heart? Our text tells us that where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.

Where is your treasure? What is your treasure?

Sell your possessions and give alms to the poor.

What are alms? Acts of Mercy

Why should you sell your possessions – what does this mean?

We are stewards, anything that owns us, that has control of our life – how can we be a steward? If our treasure controls our hearts and our lives, is it any wonder that love grows cold?

For if we do not suffer from covetousness, over the things we don’t have, we suffer from the fear that someone will take what we treasure away.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,

Luke 6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

If this sounds like more than we can do, if this sounds like an unreasonable expectation – it is at times like this that we need to remember – that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in my Lord Jesus Christ or come to him, but the Holy Ghost calls me by the gospel enlightens me with his gifts, sanctifies and keeps me in the true faith.

In other words, God does not plan to leave us alone, or to leave this to our reason or strength.

The good news is that we need not worry because it is not up to us to earn the kingdom, or salvation or the forgiveness of sins. The good news is that God is giving us the kingdom as a free gift.

Stewardship flows from trust in that promise that God has already given us everything that we need.