The Lord Needs It
“Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” (Mark 11:2-3, NIV)
I’m fascinated by the instructions Jesus gave His disciples in this passage. He left nothing out. His instructions were complete to the smallest detail. Notice, Jesus tells them where to go and what to look for. Next, He tells them to untie and take the colt. Finally, He tells them what to say if anyone asks why they are taking it. They are to respond, “The Lord needs it and will send it back shortly.”
This passage speaks directly to our life as Christians on many levels. As Christians, we often say, “Jesus is Lord of my life.” But, do our actions match our words? As His servants, aren’t we obliged to obey Him at all times? As His stewards, do we truly understand and accept that we own nothing and that everything belongs to Him? As His messengers and ambassadors, do we stop and listen to His instructions before we go off on grand missions to foreign lands? As His workers (arms and legs), do we execute His instructions to the letter with enthusiasm and excellence? As His anointed ones, do we realize that Jesus has given us grace to accomplish every detail of His purpose and plan for our life? As His disciples, are we clear about His divine purpose, calling and perfect will for our lives? As His faithful children, can we give a simple and clear answer to the question, “Why are you doing this?” Jesus Himself, gave us the answer. Like the disciples before us, let us be prepared to obey, and if asked, simply respond, “The Lord needs it!”
Jesus, thank You for this instruction on faithful stewardship. Holy Spirit, help me to hear Your instructions, to trust You completely, and to execute Your plans according to God’s perfect will for my life. When questioned, may I simply say, “The Lord needs it.” Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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