Key Passage: Matthew 21:1-3
Key Text: Matthew 21: 3 – “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.”
Have you ever looked at something and wondered what its function is. You are looking at it and wonder if it is not just a useless item occupying space. I sometimes wonder about something’s. I have a plot of land somewhere in the swamps and every time I visit it, I find that it is overgrown with a very healthy looking reeds and grass. I just wonder, why this grass? What is its use? I once was in a Mediterranean country and went out to the sea in a boat. We went so far that there was no land in sight in any direction. At this point I asked God ‘why so much water?’
In our text today, Jesus sent His disciples into the city to bring to Him a donkey and its foal. He said they would be tied and they should loose them and bring them to Him, and if anyone should ask what they were doing, they should say “The Lord needs them”. The gospel of Mark, tells us that no one has ever sat on the colt. I’m sure there are people who would be wondering what was the use of this tied up donkey’s colt. They may have even thought it was sick, useless or even just unable to serve.
The bible teaches us Colossians 1:16, ‘For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” This simple verse tells that there is nothing useless. All things are useful to God. You are not useless. You were created for a godly purpose. Though no one had ever ridden this donkey, he was reserved for a very special purpose. To carry the Lord into Jerusalem. This was a special donkey, destined to carry the King of Kings. God will use you for a special purpose in Jesus name.
Jesus asked that the donkey be loosed and brought to Him. God will loose you from all entanglements and bondages, so you can serve Him. He will make His claim over your life and destiny. He said His disciples should tell anyone that tries to stop them loosing the donkeys, that “The Lord has need of them”. God will answer all who oppose you. He will let them know He is the Lord and He has need of you.
Later on in the same chapter we read that when they brought the donkey to the Lord, His disciples took off their clothes and put them on the donkey and the Lord sat on it. Then people spread their clothes and palm branches on the street and were shouting Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Jesus sat on the donkey. What must that feel like, for God to sit on one? I don’t want to imagine the feeling. But I can say one thing; there must have been some serious deposits into that donkey. Healing, grace, favour, wealth etc etc. The donkey must have felt really honoured and privileged to be the one carrying the Lord into Jerusalem. This is just so funny, because many ministers receive a lot of adulation and honour from men, but quite honestly, this is not our to enjoy, they are for the Lord that we carry and it is because of Him that there is any significance in any of our lives.
Today God is still looking for ‘donkeys’, men and women He who would volunteer and allow Him to use them to move into the hearts of other men and women. Are you ready to be a donkey for the Lord?
The Lord has need of you!
Let’s Pray: Father God, the creator of the heavens and earth. I want to be a donkey for you. Lord Jesus I was created for your glory and for your service. Come and sit on me and ride on me to reach the hearts of men for your Kingdom and names sake. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.