Fresh Hope – Day 340

My grandson, Noah, came home a few weeks ago and told his Mom and Dad that he had been chosen to be the donkey in the Christmas nativity play!

After they privately smiled and wondered if this was a subliminal message from the teacher, Noah insisted that he had the main part in the play.

No matter how much they tried to gently reason with him that the donkey was not the main character in the nativity, he stood his ground and insisted it was the truth.

The day of the nativity finally arrived and as I sat on the front row as proud as punch, it quickly unfolded that yes, Noah was the donkey and he took the leading role.

He’d been telling the truth all along – it was just the adults that didn’t believe that a donkey could play such a part in anything!

It reminded me of the day that Jesus asked His disciples to go to a specific house, in a specific street in a specific village.

“You will find a donkey tied up outside the house”, He told them, “tell anyone that asks that the Lord has need of it”.

And just as had been said, sure enough, the donkey was there and they brought it to Jesus.

It was that very donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem where he was received by great crowds and noisy celebrations.

What a difference 24 hours made, in the life of that donkey.

You may feel today like the most unlikely person to ever be used by Jesus, the ‘bottom of the pile’ kind of person – stupid, with no great purpose.

It amazes me that Jesus uses everyone and everything that is willing to be untied and set free for His purpose.

Don’t be despondent today, just because you’ve been never been used by God yet, He’s merely waiting for the right moment, and when it comes you’ll be blown away at the plan that He has for your life.

Be still and wait.

Be willing to be set free.

Go where you are led.

Let Jesus use you.

Have a wonderful Christmas week.
Matthew 21:1-9 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’ This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to Daughter Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey,and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”’ The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

Pastor Mark

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