Read: Matt 21:1-11
The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. Matthew 21:6
Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passover festival. He turns to two of His disciples and tells them to just go and take someone’s donkeys. If they’re questioned for any reason, just tell them that “the Lord needs them.”
There are so many things to learn in this passage, but what I want to point out is the obedience of the disciples in the midst of a situation that makes no common sense. Jesus instructs them to go and take someone else’s animals so He can ride into Jerusalem.
If I were one of the guys going after the donkeys I would have been thinking, are you sure? Can’t you walk? And our alibi is ‘the Lord needs them’… really? We’re going to get arrested!
The disciples had a choice here. Obey Jesus, even though it didn’t make sense to them, or refuse to obey. As we know, they chose to obey Him and in so doing we have yet one more of hundreds of prophecies about the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus.
If you follow Jesus long enough, He’ll ask you to do something that defies common sense. Move, stay, give it away, quit your job rather than compromise, share the gospel even though you will get flack, etc. Those moments are like tests for our souls. Am I following myself and my own logic and cloaking it in Jesus? Or am I following Jesus and willing to obey whatever He’s telling me to do?
The disciples ran the risk of looking ridiculous – “the Lord needs it.” Who is the Lord? What does he need it for? Who are you? Are you out of your mind? I don’t think they dismissed those concerns or didn’t ask those questions, but they chose to obey Jesus anyway.
So, let me ask you… are you willing to look the fool obeying Jesus or does logic and safety direct your life. Who is the Lord of your life, really – you or Jesus? Logic or Jesus? Safety or Jesus? And when it comes to one of those times where you know He’s asking you to step out and take a risk… will you step out?
(Just a quick disclaimer at the end here… there are a lot of weird people out there who enjoy being odd and justify their odd or reckless behavior with faith. In reality, they lack the relational and emotional intelligence to navigate friendships with “normal” people and when people see them coming they think “weirdo”. Just to be clear, that’s not the point here. We need to be able to have friendships and garner the respect of non-christians, and being weird for weirds sake doesn’t help with that. So if that’s what you’re doing, cut it out. It’s not spiritual and it’s not helpful.)
Jesus said that we need to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Live wisely among the people of this age. So do that, but… keep in mind there will be times when God’s wisdom conflicts with yours. Choose now who’s wisdom/command you will go with in those moments.
Jesus – Your kingdom come, Your will be done in my life. I choose Your way even when it costs me. Thanks for calling me into Your great adventure. In Your name I pray, amen.