An email sits in my inbox awaiting my response. It’s written by a person who says she has sensed God prodding her for the past two years to get involved in a particular ministry, but she has hesitations. She wants my advice….or does she? I have a hunch she’s hoping I’ll validate her hesitation, but I don’t think that’s right. And so, I ponder my answer and pray that God will give me the words He wants me to say.
This morning I read a passage that provides insight, perhaps. It’s from Luke 19:31-34. Remember the story about Jesus entering Jerusalem? He told His disciples to fetch Him a particular colt. He gave them instructions: “If anyone asks why you’re untying this colt, just tell them ‘The Lord needs it.’”
“And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ And the disciples simply replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’ So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on” (vv. 33-35).
Four words grab my attention – the Lord needs it. They challenge me to remember that, as followers of Christ, we are only stewards of our time, talent, and resources. He owns it all, and how He chooses to use those things are up to Him. He owes us no lengthy or detailed explanation. If He says He needs it, it’s our responsibility to say yes and give it up.
Sometimes He says, “I need two weeks of your time this summer.” He might say, “I need $2000 from your bank account.” He might say, “I need your arms to embrace that woman who feels without hope.” Or He might say, “I need your mouth to communicate truth to that man who’s wandering into dangerous territory.”
Four simple words say it all: the Lord needs it. They test our hearts, they show us where we need to grow, and they make life difficult sometimes. But because God is God, He has the right to speak them. And He owes no explanation. He simply deserves our obedience.
What has He asked from you?