- As a talented Seahawk quarterback says, “The separation is in the preparation.” How are you at preparing for things? What is easy for you to get ready for? What is a challenge?
- Jesus was about to march in to the hardest week of his life, starting off with his entry into Jerusalem. To start that sort of week—a journey he had been preparing his whole life to take—takes a lot of preparation spiritually, emotionally, and even operationally (down to transportation). The moral of the story is that before there was the triumphal entry, there was trip planning. Jesus planned. What hope does that give you? What does it tell us about our planning for the emotional and spiritual journeys of life? What do we need to do now to prepare us for our tough walks of life?
- Jesus was absolutely comfortable with “borrowing” a neighbors donkeys telling the owners that “the Lord needs them.” Jesus didn’t have his own donkey. In fact, he had nothing—all that he had and used belonged to others which he used for his work. Think about a time when it felt like Jesus was saying to you about your possessions/skills/time “the Lord needs them.” What was it like when Jesus used them? Painful? Hard? Joyful?
- Likely the owners of the donkeys in Matthew’s Gospel didn’t fully know who Jesus was or what they were about to do. They just knew that the one they called the Messiah needed them, the very same one they had been hearing about since the days of Zechariah the prophet in the 5th Century BC. It is hard sometimes to allow our things to be used by God when we don’t know exactly what will happen. How do we learn to let God use our things for his good purposes, without having all the details?
- What are some of the parts of your life where you are hearing God say, “the Lord needs them?” How will you respond?
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