We say that we would give them up for Jesus, but deep down inside we are really glad that He hasn’t asked us for them yet!
Reference: v.33-34 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: I always marvelled at the owners in the Palm Sunday story. Jesus is preparing to come into Jerusalem and he sends two of his disciples to go and get a donkey for him. He told them exactly where it would be and what would happen and how to respond. And it happened just as Jesus said. We are often drawn to the miraculous foresight of Jesus but I wonder what was going through the donkey owner’s mind. Two men come to take his animal, an animal that would be precious to his family as it would be valuable and would assist him to work, and when he confronts the men they say, “The Lord needs it.” We never hear the owner’s response after that. All we know is that the disciples bring the donkey back to Jesus. Did the owner try to stop them? Did the disciples have to fight for the donkey? Did they promise to return it?
Application: Imagine if someone came to your house, jumped in your car and started backing it down your driveway. And when you confronted them about what they were doing they replied, “Oh, the Lord needs it.” What would your response be? I know that I would want it under pretty strong authority that this person was actually representing the Lord! But even then, would I be willing to let it go? So often we cling so tightly to our possessions. We say that we would give them up for Jesus, but deep down inside we are really glad that He hasn’t asked us for them yet! It’s an interesting question to consider though: how much would we give to our Lord? The rich young ruler was confronted with this question in chapter 18 and I think we should consider this same question each day. Where does our hope lie? In the comfort of our possessions? Or in the loving arms of our gracious Saviour?
Prayer: Lord, we hold so dearly to that which we accumulate around us. Help us to hold solely on to You. Amen.
How much would you give to your Lord?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.