Margin notes: When the Master asks.


Luke 19:29–38 (ESV) — 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

What a simple thing these 2 disciples were asked to do. Go into the village, look for the colt. untie it, and bring it to me. And if anyone asks you what you are doing, just tell them I need it.

They didn’t sense any deep spiritual significance in it. It was a simple errand. The everyday kind of thing all of us does all the time. But it was what the Master asked, and so they complied.

They didn’t see the need to ask why. They didn’t look for an alternative. They didn’t say “why us? send so-and-so.” They didn’t argue that it was too menial, not important or spiritual enough. The Master asked, and they went.

They had no idea that this would be the means of Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem. They didn’t know that in a few days He would be crucified. That these would be their very last days with Him. That Judas was about to betray Him. That the Sanhedrin would try Him, Herod mock Him, Pilate scourge and give the order to execute Him, or that He would rise on the 3rd day. The Master asked, and they went.

They didn’t know they were acting on the orders of the King of Glory – of God incarnate. They didn’t know He was about to die for their sin. They were not aware they were part and parcel of fulfilling ancient prophecies. They did not know this simple task was vital to the outworking of the eternal plan of God for the ages. That their own salvation was tied to it. The Master asked, and they went.

Like them, we may not know the whys, wherefores and importance of how Scripture calls the Believer to live – but isn’t it enough that the Master asks, and so we should go?

And when it is all said and done, isn’t it amazing that serving the Lord in the routine and the mundane, is, in the final analysis, serving the Lord. That we need not concern ourselves if our simple service is important or spiritual enough. If it is for Him, it bears eternal significance no matter what the details – because the Master asks, and we go.

Never diminish the ordinary life of living for Christ in what we say, think and do in the most mundane of all things. Do them as unto Him. And let Him do with those acts, what He will. You never know.

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