Giving Up Donkeys and More

Luke 19:28-34

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
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And just like that, the donkey owners gave up their unridden colt to be used by the Lord. As I read this I feel so challenged. I wonder how the donkey owners had so much faith.

What would an unridden colt be in this day and age?
A brand new car that has never been driven, maybe?

How would I feel if God took something of so much value away from me? Would my heart be stilled when I hear His words “The Lord has need of it”?

God, I pray that You increase our faith and sensitivity to hear from You. What You would have us give up for the sake of Your kingdom, let us not hold on so tightly. Help us to love the Giver, instead of being distracted by the gifts. Thank You for using us, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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