Happy Palm Sunday…
Did you know that there is a bible character that isn’t highlighted and remains literally unknown – kinda like us – secret admirers of Christ, but if you look beyond a bit, you’ll find a really important lesson –
The character – the owner of the donkey that Jesus rode on Palm Sunday.
Simply enough the owner of the donkey gave up the donkey for Jesus. A donkey was a very big thing in those days. The donkey was the equivalent of a car, a truck and a tractor all in one. It was a car because people used it to move around and do their shopping, a truck because it was used to carry load, and a tractor because it was used in cultivating the land. Add to this the fact that the donkey had never been ridden, that means it was brand new and had a very high market value. You can see that giving up the donkey just because the Lord needed it was a very big sacrifice. It was a generous and heroic act of faith. So the question is what donkey’s do we have that we are not willing to give up for Jesus? Neat twist on the Palm Sunday story… Max Lucado again pointed this one out… that guy is so gifted… here’s a passage from his book And the Angels Were Silent…
Max Lucado reminds us that each of us has got a donkey that the Lord needs. Here is his reflection on using our donkey for the service of the Lord:
Sometimes I get the impression that God wants me to give him something and sometimes I don’t give it because I don’t know for sure, and then I feel bad because I’ve missed my chance. Other times I know he wants something but I don’t give it because I’m too selfish. And other times, too few times, I hear him and I obey him and feel honored that a gift of mine would be used to carry Jesus to another place. And still other times I wonder if my little deeds today will make a difference in the long haul.
Maybe you have those questions, too. All of us have a donkey. You and I each have something in our lives, which, if given back to God, could, like the donkey, move Jesus and his story further down the road. Maybe you can sing or hug or program a computer or speak Swahili or write a check.
Whichever, that’s your donkey.
Whichever, your donkey belongs to him. It really does belong to him. Your gifts are his and the donkey was his . The original wording of the instructions Jesus gave to his disciples is proof: “If anyone asks you why you are taking the donkeys, you are to say, ‘Its Lord is in need.'”
So, what is the name of your donkey? The Lord has need of it.