And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”
So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Luke 19:29-36
My pastor spoke on this theme yesterday and I thought it was so valuable, I wanted to share it with you. We've read this story a hundred times about Jesus sending disciples into a nearby village to get a donkey for him to ride into Jerusalem on. But have you ever thought about what really transpired?
Here's an analogy that may put it into perspective. You're in your driveway washing and polishing and waxing your brand new Porsche. Or perhaps, if you're like me, it's a jeep or a truck. It's your only mode of transportation, the only way you have to get to work each day. And these 2 guys come up and start driving it off. So you chase them and ask them what they are doing!! And they tell you "The Lord needs it."
Have you ever wondered about this man? As soon as he heard that, he let them take his donkey, and in Matthew it tells us they not only took his donkey but his colt too. But this man happily gave them to Jesus. We don't know if he was wealthy or poor. But we can surmise that at some point, he'd had an encounter with Jesus.
So what about you? What would happen if someday the Lord asked you to give him something? Many of us would say, absolutely, Lord, I'll give you my car! No problem. But what if it is your good health, a boyfriend, a relationship you wanted so badly, a career, your husband, the dream of having a husband. Maybe it is someone you love who the Lord takes home in death. Maybe it's your house. Maybe it's your lifelong dream.
Then what? I wonder how many of us (and I include myself in this) have held stubbornly onto things when God asked for them. We pretend we don't hear Him. We think we cannot possibly live without this thing or person. When in actuality, our love of it is binding us, restricting us, from all God has for us. We must let go and give whatever it is to God.
We don't know what happened to this man who gave up his donkeys so freely. But I would wager he got his donkeys back and much more in the coming years. Why? Not because he expected to, but because he gave freely and without hesitation out of his love for Jesus.
Perhaps God seems to be asking for something dear to you today. Maybe it's a loved one, a lost relative, a relationship, an object of great value, a dream. If God is asking for it, it's because He needs it. Not to satisfy His own needs, but because only in His hands can that person or thing flourish. Perhaps you'll get it back someday in much better condition then when you gave it. Perhaps you won't ever get it back. Whatever happens, we must remember God doesn't take things away from us to punish us or to make us miserable. Everything He does is out of Love. Why? Because He is love and He can't behave any differently.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed praised and magnified be the name of the Lord! Job 1:21