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The Lord Needs It
by Christian Coutts
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Luke 19: 33-34 (NIV) 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
34They replied, "The Lord needs it."

The Lord Needs It

The owner of the unridden colt
Must have had a surprising jolt
To see two men untying the beast
An explanation was due at the least

What are you doing he had to ask
As the disciples went about the task
Not slowing one little bit
They said “The Lord needs it.”

No further explanation was needed
Immediately the request was heeded
Not arguing or throwing a fit
Given because the Lord needed it

What excuses have we then?
Regardless of where or when
Something of us asked to forfeit
Being told the Lord needs it

What obedience here was shown?
Readily offering up something owned
This act of faith deserves credit
Only because the Lord needs it

What colt do you possess?
Can you give it without protest?
A talent or gift to give without profit
Offered because the Lord needs it

Brothers and Sisters,

Continuing on the Holy week theme, this was given to me as I thought of the triumphant entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. I found myself amazed at the owner of the colt’s obedience in this matter. Two strangers come to his home and begin untying his colt (I am sure it was quit valuable) without asking or notifying him. Think about this for a second. Has anyone ever taken something of yours without permission or have you ever caught someone in the act? How did you feel? I know that I would be quite angry in a situation like this. This is similar to someone taking your brand new car.

Naturally the man confronted the disciples asking them why they were untying his colt. Their answer is both simple and profound, “The Lord needs it.” That’s it, no other explanation. Each of the Gospel account this story and not once is it mentioned that the guy argued or offered any resistance. That was all it took for him to give up the colt, “The Lord needs it.” Ok, here you go.

The obedience of this man is documented in the Bible for a reason. The Gospels could have just skipped to the part of Jesus riding in on the colt, but they didn’t. Why? Not one word in the Bible is wasted. When you are doing your studies and reading keep that it in mind. Every single word in the Bible is there to give you guidance in your walk with Christ.

So for the simple reason “The Lord needs it.” The man was obedient (therefore displaying love of the Lord). Now the kicker, what is your colt? So far I have been blessed with many gifts from the Lord and I am sure there is more to be revealed. The fact that I am able to pen for the Lord is a gift and one that I use to serve the Lord. My posts are my offerings to the Lord giving back what I have been given stewardship over. Why? I do so because the Lord needs it. The only question is what else do I have stewardship over that the Lord needs?

Keep serving.

In Christ,

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Anita Johnson 18 Jul 2008
Thank you again Christian. We should all be willing as children to do as our Father asks. Rather obey God than man, right?!!! Anita
Helen Dowd 20 Mar 2008
What a good lesson you have drawn from this, Christian. Thanks for reminding us that we have talents and possession, even, that the Lord needs. We should not question the reason. Thanks for sharing this good poem and lesson....Helen
Jody Goode 19 Mar 2008
I love this, Christian! What a descriptive message of what faith really is - being ready and willing to offer anything as the Lord calls upon us, trusting that He has everything under His Sovereign control. All that we have, we have because of Him anyway so what He is ever asking us for is simple obedience after which He showers upon us His richest blessings. I hope you are swimming in the shower of His blessings as you obediently write His Words as He lays them upon your heart. Jody
Connie Allen 19 Mar 2008
Beautifully done...God Bless You
Patricia Bankhead 19 Mar 2008
This is a good word! It brought tears to my eyes. I know I can give God so much more. I never really paid attention to that scripture but you brought it to light. We often think the Lord doesn't need us. If He didn't need us then why did He make us? Thanks for sharing this and keep teaching. Keep loving God, yourself and others...Hugs


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