DayBreaks for 2/09/16: How About Your Donkey?
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:
Matt. 21:1-5 –(NLT) – As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said, “and you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately send them.” This was done to fulfill the prophecy, “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey — even on a donkey’s colt.’”
Have you ever thought much about the man who owned the donkey on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem? We don’t know anything about him – his name, his address, his occupation or even his faith. A totally nameless personage in Scripture. We don’t know if Jesus had worked things out in advance with this man, or if it was a miracle that the man with the donkey was where he needed to be and was favorably disposed to Jesus’ need for the donkey. All we know is that the disciples did what Jesus asked, and the donkey was provided to carry Jesus into the town.
I guess we don’t need to know anything more about the man that we do. He certainly wasn’t the central character in the story, nor was the donkey. But, there is something we should all learn from this story. When we are confronted with the Lord and a need that he has, what is our response? Does it depend on what the need is – if we think it is something we can “part” with or do without for a while? Does it depend on how great his request is of us? Or, like the man in the story, is our first response to “immediately” provide whatever it is that the Lord needs from us?
Today the Lord will most likely “need” something from each of us since he’s not here to speak the kind word directly, to put a comforting hand on someone’s shoulder, to provide a burger to the hungry or drink to someone who is thirsty. So, it just may be that like the disciples that he sent to the man long ago, he will send someone to you today to request your help in meeting some need. Let’s decide in advance to respond “immediately” and do whatever it is that is necessary to help the cause of Christ to move just a bit further down the road.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we don’t know what struggles and requests for help that we may receive today. Help us to be wise and discerning, and to respond without hesitation to anything that would help move forward the kingdom in this world. Give us the attitude and heart that was present in the unnamed man so long ago. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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