Imagine receiving a summons from a king to be part of his royal coronation, to participate in his triumphal entrance to the city. But wait, this isn’t any king . . . this is THE King . . . the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! You would probably expect Him to come riding in on an amazing steed—the picture of strength and power. But Jesus didn’t summons a mighty stallion to carry Him into Jerusalem for his last major public appearance before the cross . . .
Nope, true to form He chose the foal of a donkey.
“As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. “If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.” (Mark 11:1–3)
I say true to form because I think God loves using the unexpected. He seems to delight in taking the ordinary and using it to display the extraordinary. I love the fact that the Lord chose a very simple, young, untried, and humble creature, to carry Him into the city that day. No one would be talking about the mount Jesus rode but instead all eyes would be fixed on the Master.
I can relate so well to that donkey. I’m amazed every time the Master summons me to a task I’m unworthy of—knowing it is way out of my league. (I’m always wishing I had time to work on improving my abilities before jumping into service!) The Master chose that little foal because He said He had “need of it.” He had a big assignment for that little guy and chose him above the most coveted steed in Jerusalem.
Remember Moses’ shock at being summoned for his assignment?! I think the Master likes doing that . . . He seems to enjoy sending out invitations to display His glory through the most unlikely sources. It’s like when He places the glorious treasure of the gospel in earthen vessels (um, that’s you and me).
After performing his duty, the young foal probably returned to his owner with little notice or fanfare. But think about what an incredible opportunity that little donkey was given—to display the King to the world! It was his one shining moment as a humble servant—carrying Grandeur. No one noticed the mount Jesus rode but all eyes were fixed on the Master.
This common animal could never draw attention away from the King; he could never steal His glory . . . he was merely the vessel to bear Glory.
And isn’t that what each of us should be . . . no matter the assignment?
Humble Glory bearers?
Aren’t we all summoned for His glory alone to be seen—overshadowing us?
He takes broken, ordinary, needy, little people—like you and me—and through the gospel He transforms us from our ugly yuck into the beautiful image of Christ. This way others aren’t distracted by the container, the earthen vessel, or the lowly donkey—they just see Jesus.
Glory overshadowing us.
That way He alone gets the glory and that’s what it’s all about.
We are given this life to display shining moments daily—carrying the glorious and triumphant King to the world! How will you do this today?
How has He summoned you to be the Glory bearer today?