Matt.21:1-3 – “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. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.””
Can you imagine? You are minding your own business and some guys walk up and start to take your donkey and colt. You run to where they are and say, “HEY!!! WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING? TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF MY STUFF!” They respond and say, “The Lord needs them.” What response would you have? This guy let the disciples take his donkey to Jesus. Do you immediately surrender your stuff to Jesus when he has need of it? It’s a decision we are all faced with regularly. Although God can create his own stuff out of nothing and ultimately, we know Jesus is self-sufficient and needs nothing, the fact is He uses us to meet needs to build His Kingdom. He asks us to support the work of God with our finances with tithes and offerings. He asks us to open our homes for small groups and use our vehicles to pick up people to bring them to church. He has need of these things, specifically he has need of our stuff. After all, the Proverbs say to “Honor the Lord with our possessions.”
We all have a choice to make, will we surrender our donkey when Jesus sends someone looking for it and will we surrender it immediately?
Sometimes we don’t realize the value of our average donkey because it seems like nothing special. It becomes special after you give it to Jesus. I suppose the guy that owned the donkey probably joined the procession that day to check out all the commotion and keep an eye on his donkey. Now he had some skin in the “Kingdom game.” I suspect he got way more than he realized he would get just because he let Jesus use his donkey. You won’t regret letting Jesus use your donkey, besides next time he will be riding in on a white horse. So, I end how I began, “Let Jesus use your donkey.”