Devotion for Wednesday, April 8
THE LORD NEEDS IT!
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this,
'The Lord needs it.'"
So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them,
"Why are you untying the colt?"
They said, "The Lord needs it."
(Luke 19:28-34 (NRSV)
Here are a few words from a nurse that we all would do well to keep in mind: "I have to remind myself that I am a tiny, insignificant part of God's great plan for somebody, and that, when I hold his hand before surgery, or clean up after she has been sick in bed, or draw blood with as little pain as possible, I have been a little bit of God."
Brothers and Sisters, we all have something to offer to God and to others. It may not appear to us or others to be special or extraordinary. But when given over to God, it can do great things. In our selection above, we see the giving of a donkey. Jesus needed it, so the owner surrendered it to him.
We give God what we have. Don't compare your gift to what others may have to offer. So often we are reluctant to volunteer. We don't feel talented enough, smart enough or good enough. We think that others have so much more to offer. We need to realize that God has created us just the way He wanted. No matter how we may judge ourselves, if we give it over to Him, it is sufficient. God has made you unique. Just give Jesus your all and watch how God will bless others! Even if all you have is a donkey!
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for all of the gifts and talents, large or small, that You have given us. Help us to be willing to offer them to You for service to Your glory. Amen.