Monday, April 30, 2007

donkey owner attitude

This morning I was reading the first part of the Palm Sunday, triumphal entry story.  This is when Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead to fetch a donkey for Him to ride into Jerusalem.  Jesus obviously knew exactly where they'd find the donkey and He told the disciples (Luke 19:30) "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 untying it?" tell him, "The Lord needs it."  I was thinking about the attitude of the donkey owners.  Two strange men are going to walk up to their valuable livestock and start untying it.  This looks and smells a lot like a robbery.  But when they challenge the disciples about it and are told that the Lord needs their animal they willingly released it.  There is no indication that they ever got the donkey back later.  I suppose today's thought is: Are you prepared to give up whatever you may consider a possession, or whatever you may hold as valuable in your life if the Lord comes and tells you He needs it?  Maybe the donkey owners had been shown in a dream that the Lord would want the donkey someday...or maybe they had a close and loving walk with the Lord and they recognized the validity of the request.  I hope that our attitude is like the donkey owner.  If the Lord comes calling for anything we own or any aspect of our lives, to be used for His purposes...there is no concern about losing something, rather there is joy that we have found great purpose being needed by the Lord.
Rob Smith

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