Will you use your position to serve?
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" 11 And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
The Prophet Zechariah in about 518 B.C. prophesied of Israel's king riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus sent His disciples to get a donkey and its colt in the village just ahead of them. If anyone questioned the disciples about taking the donkey and colt, they were to say, "The Lord needs them."
The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them and found everything to be just as He said it would be. If we do as Jesus directs us we will find it will happen just as He said it would. Are you doing just as Jesus has directed you in the word of God, the Bible?
In Zechariah 9:9 it is recorded Israel's king would come riding into Jerusalem. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). The King of kings entered Jerusalem to suffer for the sins of His people.
Jesus, the Son of Man, came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Jesus used His authority and position to serve His people, even to the point of death. He left us an example to follow.
We are to use our God-given authority and position to serve people and lead them to salvation.
This passage of scripture identifies Jesus as Lord and King. When He entered Jerusalem, however, the people still asked, "Who is this?" This same thing can happen when we serve in the area God has placed us (Acts 17:26-27).
People do not recognize the Christ coming to them to save them from their sins. We want to make sure we are displaying Christ in our lives by living according to His will by the power of His Spirit in us. We do not want the lack of recognition to be because we are not displaying Christ.
Living according to the will of God by the power of God results in abundant life for us and for all who recognize the Christ in us. As we enter the place God has assigned us, let us enter according to the scriptures just as Jesus did.
Let us humble ourselves and serve others being willing to give up everything even to the point of death.
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