As Jesus was preparing to enter Jerusalem in what is called the Triumphal Entry we read:
“Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?”
And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on.” (Luke 19:30-35)
First thought… you could get shot or hung for being a donkey-thief. But in this miraculous moment there seemed to be a knowing kind of fog that rolled over the whole scene. Much was being untied.
Perhaps the Lord wants to untie some things in us… could be personal gifts, Holy Spirit gifts, property, media space, influence, printing… or some poor little donkey. Donkeys carry the Kingdom into town (donkeys are the business people). They have to be untied.
What do we need to untie for the sake of the Kingdom? Could be for us to start giving to the right things in the right way…because the Lord needs us to do that. Could it be getting untied from our personal restraints, bondages, religious spirits, insecurities, failures and fears…because the Lord needs us?
If we are tied up… we are not available for anything or anybody. What kind of boldness does this take? Who knows? Pure love and grace will help us untie each other for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Be loosed!
“If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Jesus