Key Verse: Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Luke 19:33-34
One day, a man was talking with his wife. His wife asked him, ‘how much do you love me?” He answered, “More than anything?” His wife said, “If you had a million dollars, do you love me enough to give it to me.” That man answered, “If I had ten million dollars, I would give it all to you.” The women then asked, “If you had an invitation to see the Queen or meet the president, would you let me go instead of you.” The husband replied, “I would, I love you more than anything.” Finally, his wife asked him, “If you had a brand new car, would you give it to me?” The husband went silent for a few minutes, turned to his wife and said, “I don’t think that’s fair, you know I have a new car.”
I often feel we can be like this with God. When we pray and worship in church, nothing is too big or too hard to do for God. But in the everyday, even the simple tasks are too much. I don’t know how many donkeys the owner had in Luke 19. Whether he had one or a hundred it doesn’t matter. Donkeys were valuable. They were a burden-bearing animal, which meant they could transport things. They were doing what trucks do today. They were able to help care for the land. They were doing what tractors do today. They were a means of transportation. They filled the need that cars fill today.
This matters because I want you to see that this is no “little” gift. This was what the Master needed. God does not always ask for big things. God will not ask us to give what we don’t have. We may not feel we have anything significant to give, but God sometimes takes simple things and uses them in great ways.
Moses was asked to give his walking stick. Rahab gave a corner of her roof to hide the spies. David gave his sling shot. The widow at Zarephath gave the last of her oil and flour to make a meal for Elijah. The Shummanite woman gave a room of her home to Elisha. The widow that Jesus praised gave her two cents. The young boy gave his five loaves and two fish. The early church shared their possessions with those who had a need. The Bible is full of people who gave what they had, to be used by the Lord.