As we continue to go through the Gospel of Mark, we’re coming to the culmination of the earthly ministry of Christ. He is approaching Jerusalem, knowing that the cross awaits Him there. As the Lord is about to enter the city, Mark records an interesting event that takes place.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'”
They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.
We need to understand what’s happening here. It has a lot to do with attitudes and faithfulness in the kingdom of God.
The first thing I see is that something is needed to fulfill the ministry of Christ. It was foretold in the Old Testament that Jesus would enter Jerusalem on the back of a colt. It was time for this to be accomplished. In every ministry, there are needs that must be met in order for God’s will to be done.
Next, I see a supernatural revelation as to how this need was going to be filled. Notice that Jesus didn’t say to His disciples, “Guys, I’m going to need to ride in on a colt. You have to go out and find me one quickly.”
That tells me that to accomplish my calling, it will always require faith. After all, there were other ways this could have been done. Jesus could have purchased a colt in Jericho, the last town He visited. Then He would have had it ready to go upon His arrival.
But that’s not how the Father wanted this to happen. He desired the disciples to act in faith toward the instructions of Jesus.
Finally, it comes down to attitudes. The disciples know what the ministry needs and how God intends to provide it. The problem is that it all depends upon another party – those who own the colt. All they heard was, “The Lord needs your colt to accomplish God’s will.”
Think about it. How many times have we been in a meeting listening to a missionary share their excitement over the people-group that God has called them to reach?
“The Lord needs your money to accomplish His will.”
I know what you’re thinking. The disciples told the owners that the colt would be sent back when the Lord was through with it.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Why do we get the attitude sometimes, “Oh, no! Another special offering.” We need to understand that God looks at these gifts as loans to His kingdom. He always repays with blessings we couldn’t ever get on our own. But it all comes down to attitude.
Get your money or resources involved in kingdom work as the Lord leads you. You won’t regret it.
Question: How have you been blessed by giving something to the Lord’s work?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi