When Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, he fulfilled a prophecy from Zechariah given 580yrs earlier: Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zech 9:9) There was plenty of precedent in Jewish culture that a learned rabbi could request the use of an animal, and out of reverence for rabbis, people would readily grant such a request without hesitation. People could trust a rabbi to return something that had been borrowed. Besides, the disciples had been instructed to say “The Lord needs it.” And so the owners of the donkey immediately released it.
I believe there are things Jesus would like to have from each of us – that he would like to ask us to give to him or turn over to him. Things like faith, worship, love, obedience, tithes & offerings, our prayers, our hearts, our lives, commitment, our reverence, ongoing fellowship with him. How many of us are willing to give whatever the Lord asks of us – whatever it is that he wants from us – without hesitation? (without holding onto it?) How many of you have enough faith – enough trust – in the Lord to give him whatever he desires – whatever he wants – even if that requires a sacrifice on your part? That’s when it gets difficult! That’s when we want to stop, say no, and hold back and keep things for ourselves. Some things are easier to let go of than others. Old clothes that you haven’t worn in years are easy to clear out of your closet and give away to a homeless ministry. Cans of food in your pantry are easy to give away to a food bank or food basket. Small gifts to fill an OCC shoebox are easy to obtain and give away. On the other hand, if the Lord wants you to let go of any bitterness or anger – that’s more difficult. Maybe you’re impatient with people, flying off the handle and getting into conflict and arguments way to quickly. Maybe the Lord’s calling you to confess that, repent of it, turn it over to him and put yourself under the control of the Holy Spirit. He may be asking you to be more generous and start tithing to the church or start giving to our missions work. Or maybe he’s asking you to simplify your life and let go of things that have become idols in your life that have taken time & attention away from Him. Maybe he’s asking you to give more of your time to serve him.
When you and I yield to Jesus we acknowledge that He has the right to ask anything from us. He is the Lord. We are his servants. He is the Potter. We are the clay. The clay doesn’t tell the Potter what to do. No… the clay yields to the molding of the Potter. Jesus is the Creator. We are the created (the creature). Whatever he asks of us, no matter how small or how great, He has a reason to do that. Jesus said this in Luke 14:33 “… those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Wow! Give up everything – that is – not hold onto anything in this world but be ready to give up whatever the Lord asks and follow him? That takes a high level of commitment and a deep level of trust that his way is always good! What’s the proper response when the Lord asks something of you? “Yes, Jesus, here it is… here I am. I give everything to you freely.”