The Lord Needs You!

And when they came near Jerusalem, unto Bethpage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples, and said unto them, “Go your way into the village opposite you; and as soon as you are entered into it, you shall find a colt tied,  on which never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do you do this? Say that the Lord has need of him; and immediately he will send him here”. –Mark 11:1-3

Truimphal Entry into Jerusalem

The Lord had entered Jerusalem like a conquering King. People spread garments on his way and waved branches of palm trees as they shouted, “Hosanna; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest!” However, He did not come as a political figure to lead Israel against Roman occupation but as the King of Peace who had brought God’s peace to the Jews and to all men.

In this reflection, I would like to give emphasis on the colt and its owner. The Lord has needed the donkey and her colt and the owner has readily given them because, the Lord who has needed them.

It is easy to give something, if

  • It does not cost too much- “It’s too little to hurt”… “I can manage a few hundred…”
  • It will be returned- “Anyway, I can have it back.”
  • Not really theirs- “It’s not mine anyway.”
  • Because he loves the Lord and His mission- “I want to be a part of the work of the Lord at any cost.”

The owner of the donkey and colt had no second thoughts of giving or lending the m to the Lord. There was no mention as to who he was, if he had been with the Lord in the past or if they had any previous understanding. Perhaps, he knew the Lord, a believer and a follower too. Whoever he was, he was ready to follow the Lord’s request.

In the same way, may we all be ready to obey the Lord’s will in any aspect of our lives when we hear His call- “The Lord needs you”.

Digested from a Palm Sunday sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church

Image Above courtesy of: Wikipedia.org

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Sleeping the Storm Away- Mark 4:35-41

“And He was in the rear of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke Him, and said unto Him, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” –Mark 4:38

It could have been terrifying to be aboard a ship that is about to capsize. The sea turns into a huge mountain of waves that hammer on the ship that is slowly wearing out. It could be the longest hours of your life not knowing whether you would live to see the next sunlight. The normal instinct is to grab a life jacket and prepare to abandon the ship before it takes you deep under the sea.

In the text, a squall caught the disciples on a ship in the middle of the sea. They panicked. They wanted to save both their lives and their ship. However, in the middle of the commotion, they found the Lord at the stern peacefully sleeping on a pillow so they woke Him up saying, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” Immediately, the Lord stood up and rebuked the wind. He said unto the sea, “Peace, be still”, the wind died down, and there was a great calm.

Storms come into our lives when we least expect. They smash us and even break us up into pieces. We cry out in pain because it seems beyond our capacity to take and like the disciples, we ask the Lord, “Don’t you care about me anymore?” However, these storms of problems are part of human existence. In one way or another, we will stumble to unexpected situations that melt us down like a sudden loss of job, broken relationships, sickness, and many other enervating circumstances.

In spite of this, the Lord has given us the assurance of His saving power and with just one word; He will pacify the rough seas of our lives. The Lord knows our troubles and His help will come immediately. When you begin to trust the Lord with all your heart, you will be peaceful in the face of trouble and like the Lord Jesus; you can sleep in the middle of a storm.