Mark Has Some Good News, Part 46, But That's My Donkey?

Mark 11:

The Triumphal Entry

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.'" 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?" 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


Can you imagine what this would look like in high school, if twelve high school football players walk up to your bike and took it saying Jesus needed it. Not like you’re going to stop twelve guys from taking your stuff but why would Jesus send them to ask for someone else's property. This is a strange part of scripture that seems to only really satisfy a prophesy Zechariah made about Jesus.


But I think there is a lesson here hidden in this holy hijacking, Jesus has plans for our stuff. We may look at our beat up Toyota and think that's my car. It's rough around the edges, dirty and loud but it's mine. And it's not, its Jesus car.


I've heard countless youth pastors talk about how "boys don't just take girls out on dates they take God's daughters out on dates so how would you want God to see you when you’re in your car with God's daughter?" And while that's true and as a soon to be father of one of Gods daughters I'll probably quote those words verbatim when she brings a boy home to meet me for the first time.


But the bigger truth is that Jesus doesn't just own us, he owns our stuff too. That my little red echo is just as much a part of his plans for his work through me as is the “me” that drives it.


With an omnipotent God behind the wheel of your life, everything you own could be used to bring him glory.


So what do you own that is or isn't bring glory to God and free for his use if he send some people to come get it?