“…Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.” (Luke 19:30-31 ESV)
The other day, our pastor mentioned how these verses are so often overlooked and yet they have a few meaty things we can chew on.
First of all, in the days of Jesus, a colt would be someone’s mode of transportation. This passage would be akin to having someone tell you to go downtown where you’ll find a brand new motorcycle parked on a certain road. You get to the corner and surprise, surprise, there it is! So, you kick up the stand and roll it away. Not to worry, if someone asks you what you’re doing, just tell them Jesus has need of it.
Can you imagine?
Then there was the fact that the thing Jesus chose to use was not ready for service . . . it hadn’t been broken in yet.
Have you ever felt the Lord nudging you to do something for Him and you buck back, kicking up a storm with, ‘But God, I’m not ready!’
It would appear from the above verse that is exactly how He likes us; short of our own talents and abilities so that only He can be glorified when He works through us. The colt did not argue or buck, but was right where Jesus knew he’d be, ready to be loosed. He also willingly submitted under the weight of the Master, showing obedience and trust.
Oh Lord, may you find us as donkeys ready and willing!
Father, we thank You for this Word today. Thank You for choosing to use the humblest of beasts, the ‘unusable’ to celebrate your Son in one of His most memorable and celebrated moments on earth. Help us to learn from the colt and to be obedient . . . ready to be set free, lead and used! Amen
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