The Lord Needs It

As I celebrated and reflected this Resurrection Season I saw a seemingly unimportant passage in Luke 19. Here we see that Jesus is coming into Jerusalem and instructs his  disciples to go into a village and get a donkey.
Luke 19:29-35(NIV)
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.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
What sticks out to me in this passage is the phrase, “the Lord needs it”. Up to that point that donkey was someone else’s property. The donkey was defined by its potential to work. When the disciples found it, it was tied up. As the they went to untie it, they were stopped by its owners. Instead of arguing, they simply said, “The Lord needs it.”
This year the Lord has been speaking to me about identity and purpose. Many people are walking in a cloud of confusion because they don’t know who they are. They stay tied up and ineffective, unable to fully understand that the Lord wants to use them. I just want to say to them, “The Lord needs you”.
The disciple untied the donkey and brought it to Jesus. We as believers can walk up to somebody and tell them the Lord needs them, then ‘untie’ them and bring them to Jesus. That’s my heart’s desire for the thousands of kids in the US Foster Care System. The are bound. They are defined by their situation. They may feel hopeless. Unworthy. Scared. Unfit. We, as disciples of Christ, need to go get them and bring them to the King.  – Steve Hogue

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