By J. Randal Matheny
As they were untying the colt, its
owners asked them, "Why are you untying that colt?" They
replied, "The Lord needs it. " (Luke 19:33,34). Jesus
had sent two disciples into Bethany to get the colt for what
we call today the triumphal entry. He told them where to
find it and what to say to the owners: "The Lord needs it."
In one sense, the Lord needs nothing of
ours nor of us. To an Israel addicted to formal religion he
declared: "I do not need to take a bull from your household
or goats from your sheepfolds. For every wild animal in the
forest belongs to me, as well as the cattle that graze on a
thousand hills. I keep track of every bird in the hills, and
the insects of the field are mine. Even if I were hungry, I
would not tell you, for the world and all it contains belong
to me" (Psalm 50:9-12). He wanted sincere worship from
Israel, not because He needed it, but as adoration of the
heart on the worshipers' part.
There is nothing I can do for God. He has
no personal need that I can fulfill. As God He is
self-sufficient and complete. In another sense,
however, the Lord has seen fit to use our lives and acts for
His kingdom. Jesus told the Twelve: "You did not choose me,
but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit,
fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in
My name He will give you" (John 15:16). What Jesus
says to the Twelve here is also true of every Christian. By
His graciousness, He has made man a part of His work to save
In this sense, then, it is appropriate to
say, as Jesus did of the colt, that He needs us.
So when a mother is discouraged about her
children, the Lord needs you to cheer her. When a
child is frustrated or sad or hungry in this world, the Lord
needs you to care for him. When you meet someone who has yet
to obey the divine commandment, the Lord needs you to teach
When false teachings creep into the
church, the Lord needs you to stand up and speak the truth
clearly and lovingly. When funds are in short supply
to do the work, the Lord needs you to be generous.
When tempers flare and harsh words begin
to fly, the Lord needs you to act as a peacemaker. In
the family, the Lord needs you to fulfill your role.
In society, He needs you to be salt and light. In the
church, He needs you to be a pillar for truth and platform
To be coworkers with God, as Paul said in
2 Corinthians 6:1, is a humbling and glorious thought.
To have been chosen by Him to go and bear fruit in this
world as a part of His great mission leaves our heart in
great awe, gives speed to our feet, and strength to our
hands when we hear Him say, "The Lord needs you."
- J. Randal Matheny edits and writes UPLift, an
inspirational ezine. He
may be contacted here: <http://randalmathenycom/>.
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