The Lord has need of you
And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ”Luke 19:31
I was there. I walked down the “Palm Sunday” road. Oh, it was nothing like it was in Jesus’ day. A narrow alley with walls and buildings on either side of the road. It is paved, but so tight it is scary when oncoming vehicles come around the corners. It’s rough terrain and down the side of Mt. Olivet. I was excited in the morning as we stood on top of the mount, but when we began our descent, I quickly realized this walk was not going to be a stroll in the park. We stopped at a couple of historic points on the way down and by the time we were heading up the far side into the city, it was HOT! Even though it was still before 12 noon, the heat of the day was already on us. It is ironic that Jesus told the pharisees that if He stopped the people from praising Him, the stones would cry out because Israel is one of the stoniest countries probably in the entire world. So much so that it is one of the most notable features among all the historic sights.
Jesus rode into the city on the colt of a donkey on that same road, which in my opinion would have been an even more grueling journey. He told His disciples to go into the village across the way and find the colt tied to a tree. He said to bring it to Him and if anyone asked what they were doing taking their animal, to respond with “The Lord has need of it.” The passage doesn’t actually say that the colt was returned, but there is no doubt in my mind that it was taken back to it’s owner and only borrowed for that specific purpose. Jesus only needed it to fulfill His mission.
Jesus has need of you too. Jesus could have made His trip into the city on foot like everyone else did, but He was fulfilling a scripture that had been written long ago about that very day. Now He is at work fulfilling all that needs to be done before He returns and it is written that many of these things would be done through the hands of His people, most importantly “Go into all the world and tell the good news.” Since Jesus no longer lives in this world, He has delegated this part of the plan to His people that do still live here, namely you and me. He has given each one of us gifts, talents and abilities with which to uniquely fulfill this calling. He didn’t use His gifts and talents for His own use, agenda and profit, and He doesn’t expect us to either.
The Lord has need of us. Not because He cannot do it Himself, but because that is the way He set it up so that He could partner with us through His Spirit. In that way we can cover much more territory than one person could, and we get to walk closely with Him as we live out our mission. It is a win/win scenario and one that I am honored to be a part of. In His godly wisdom and design, my salvation does not only include escaping eternal torment and separation from God, but it also gives me the privilege of walking out this life as part of His Family working in the Family business. Like the Palm Sunday ride, His business may be rough sometimes and there maybe detours and things in the way at other points, but the Lord still has need of you finishing the journey and keeping Him along with you until it is complete.
Today I want to encourage you to examine how you are carrying Him with you each day. Do you say a quick prayer each morning and then never check in again the rest of the day or are you intentionally taking Him on your life journey every step of the way? Recognize today that the Lord has need of you and walk into that purpose of carrying His message to the world around you using the gifts and abilities He has empowered you with. Ensure that your life journey will be comprised of all the plans and details He created you for and when you come to the end of your time here in this world, you will step into eternity knowing that you have done well!
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 19:28-40
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 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,
30 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.
31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ”
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them.
33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”
34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”
35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him.
36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”