Our churches are filled with unused donkeys. I thought that might get your attention. However, my point is this: Jesus Christ is Lord and He has every right to all that we are and have. Your donkey is His donkey. It belongs to Him. Throughout His ministry Jesus was about His Father’s business. He was on God’s timetable. There were moments when the time was not right, therefore He told a healed man to tell no one. Then there was the moment when the time was absolutely perfect and He told the disciples to tell everyone.
Jesus’ last trip into Jerusalem involved this donkey: After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.'” Luke 19:28-31 (NASB)
He sends two of His disciples into the village ahead of them and told them that they would find (according to Mark’s Gospel) “a colt tied on which no one has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.” When Julius Caesar made his entry into Rome, he rode in a magnificent golden chariot pulled by 40 elephants. Mark Antony, not to be outdone, rode in his chariot of gold pulled by 40 harnessed lions. Yet, when it was time for Jesus to make His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem He chose a donkey as His mode of transportation.
Jesus went on to explain that if anyone asks you why you are taking the donkey just say, “the Lord has need of it.” In ancient times this was referred to as a royal levy. It was an ancient law which required the citizen to render to the king any item or service he or one of his emissaries might request. In making such a request Jesus is claiming to be king. He is speaking as one in authority. He is letting us know that as King of Kings and Lord of Lords He has rights to any possession of His children.
Jesus wants your “donkey” that He might enter another city, another nation even another heart. Rahab’s donkey was her city flat. Moses’ donkey was a simple shepherd’s rod. David had a sling. The Lord God asked Moses, “What do you have in your hand?” He asks us the same question and follows up with “the Lord has need of it.” The Scriptures are filled with the stories of people yielding their “donkeys” to Him.
Simon of Cyrene was on his way to the temple in Jerusalem to fulfill a lifelong dream of celebrating Passover in the Holy City. He was on his way to perhaps secure the necessary items to observe Passover with his family. Yet, he was seized by an emissary of the king and told to carry the cross of Jesus.
Church pews are filled with people holding on to their donkeys. Many of them will gladly surrender them to the Master when He calls. We just have to help them be prepared to listen. On their “donkey” Jesus could ride into the middle of a deer hunt and capture the hearts of deer hunters, He could ride into the homes of the parents of special needs children and capture their hearts. I think you get what I’m saying.
GCRC is a great concept that will help you unleash your people to unloose their “donkeys” into the service of the Lord Jesus. Your Regional State Missionaries are available to assist your church in becoming a more effective Great Commission Resource Center.