We have now reached the home stretch of the life of Jesus, his final week.
As I read this passage, one phrase struck me. Jesus was instructing his disciples to do something very unusual, to go into the village, and just take a colt and donkey that they found there. And if anyone challenged them, they were to simply say, “The Lord needs it.”
The disciples did as they were told, and when the owners saw this, they immediately asked,
Why are you untying the colt? (Luke 19:33)
The disciples responded as Jesus had commanded, and immediately the owners acquiesced.
The question that came to my mind was, “When the Lord says to me of something, ‘I need this,’ how do I respond?”
If Jesus, for example, were to say, “I need you to give some money to this person. They are in need.” Would I immediately say, “Yes Lord?”
Or if were headed somewhere, and I happen to run into someone, and Jesus were to say, “I need some of your time. Stop and talk to this person,” would I do so?
Or if God were to tell me, “It’s time to leave Nishinomiya. I need you elsewhere for another work,” would I say yes?
Or would I instead cling to what is mine?
Honestly, I don’t know, and probably too often, the Lord has told me, “I need this from you,” and for whatever reason, I said no.
“I’m too busy.”
“I need that money for other things.”
The disciples brought the colt to Jesus, set him on it, and honored him as king. And we need to do the same. When Jesus says to us, “I need this,” we need to bring it to Jesus, setting him above it, and honoring him as our king over all.
Do I? Do you?
Lord, forgive me for the times that you said to me, “I need this,” and I didn’t give it to you. My time especially. Lord, help me to set you as king over my time, my money, and my life. Help me to rearrange my priorities and to truly honor you as Lord over all things in my life. In Jesus name, amen.