This is a story about how God uses us in mysterious ways and for His glory (bear with me here).
Imagine you are a donkey. Life is pretty good, not awesome, but there are people that feed you once a day and there is always grass to be munched on.
So yeah, no complaints. You wake up, eat some food, chill with your donkey bffs, probs eat some more then it’s about time for bed. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Until the day everything changes.
You wake up, and someone is bathing you, preparing you for something you could never imagine. “This is the biggest day of your life,” your owner says…so like, I get better free food today?
He walks you over to a holding stable and you are totally ready to chow down on the best oats of your life when suddenly, a man comes to ride you.
No ordinary man, you can tell from his demeanor and attitude. He mounts you and you begin to walk, but for some reason you feel that your purpose in life has suddenly stumbled upon you. “Who is this man?” your donkey brain thinks.
“The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!’
Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
‘Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.'”
John 12:12-15 is typically referred to as the “Triumphant Entry” and many times the donkey is looked over behind the magnitude and glory of what Jesus is doing… but I think the donkey Jesus rode in on shows us the connection between God’s glory and using the tiniest of things for the greatest of plans!
That donkey clearly had no idea this was coming, he (or she) was just going about their day when WHAM, Jesus was riding on its back. This tells us two things:
1. Jesus longs for us to follow His example and His will to achieve greater things than we could ever imagine.
2. We have to prepare ourselves to be ready for God to use us at any time, not just our time.
I could expand on those, but I just want you to take these simple thoughts and remember them. Take them to heart and pray for God to use your life in the greatest way for His glory.
You are enough to change the world. You could literally start an international revival and through Christ, show love to more people than could seem possible. You could change your school. You could bring your parents back to Christ. You could see the devil bringing you that frustration, anger or depression and laugh at his face through God’s ultimate power and authority.
Do you really believe all of that? Well, God does. Trust Him. God could use you to bring Jesus into a new place, just like that donkey.
Dear Lord, give us your unimaginable grace because we have failed you.
Help us to see Your mercy as we struggle in our sins. Forgive us for the things we have done so that we can better serve Your purpose and show Your love. You are so mighty and powerful, help us to become worthy vessels of that power and love for others to see. Give us the boldness to be used and speak to others about you. We love you Lord and You have such incredible things in store for us. Help us to see that and believe that. Amen.