THE LORD NEEDS YOU

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 24, 2024

TOPIC: THE LORD NEEDS YOU

BY T. O. BANSO

“Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it’” (Luke 19:30-31 New King James Version).

One of the events that preceded the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was His triumphal entry to Jerusalem. As He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, on the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples ahead. He told them, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it’” (Luke 19:30-31 New King James Version).

Many people knew Jesus Christ in His days or had heard about Him. The owners of the colt He sent His disciples to loose most probably knew Him. Otherwise, how do you go and loose a colt that doesn’t belong to you? Nevertheless, the owners of the colt could decide to allow them to loose it or not to loose it. They could honour the request of Jesus or reject it. The colt belonged to them.

The two disciples obeyed His instruction and went to the village. They had no doubt that the owners of the colt would release it to them. Therefore, they didn’t ask Jesus what they should do in case they were not allowed to loose the colt. You must learn to follow divine instructions, even when you don’t understand how things will work out. Miracles happen when we obey God. All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23).

Just as Jesus said, the owners of the colt asked the two disciples why they were untying the colt. They replied exactly the way Jesus had told them. Luke 19:32-35 says,So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, ‘Why are you loosing the colt?’ And they said, ‘The Lord has need of him.’ Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him” (New  King James Version).

The owners of the colt knew the Person they were referring to as The Lord.These disciples didn’t say their Master or their Lord needed it, but the Lord needed it. Maybe the owners of the colt had also, before then, acknowledged Jesus as the Lord. We don’t know why they tied the colt in the first place. But that was no longer an issue because the Lord needed it. They subordinated their need to that of the Lord.

By giving the colt to the Lord to ride on, the owners, most probably, didn’t know that they were cooperating to fulfil a prophecy. The Prophet Zechariah had prophesied, Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9 New King James Version). The Gospel of Matthew records that the disciples loosed a donkey and a colt and brought them to Jesus but the other Gospels mention only the colt which Jesus rode on.

The willingness of the owners of the colt to give it to Jesus to use made the colt fulfil Zechariah’s prophecy. You will fulfil positive prophecies in Jesus’ name. Your life shall not fulfil a negative prophecy like Judas Iscariot. Truly, someone must betray Jesus, but Judas Iscariot’s name is not written anywhere in the Old Testament as the person to betray him (Zechariah 11:12-13).

It could have been any other person that would betray Jesus. But Judas made himself available to Satan to use. Referring to the prophecy in Psalm 41:9, Jesus said, I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me’” (John 13:18b New  King James Version).

However, Satan found Judas appropriate and available to use, and Judas didn’t disappoint him! Luke 22:3 says Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. He eventually committed suicide after he had betrayed Jesus.

Later, when the disciples were deciding on the person to replace Judas, Peter said, For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office’” (Acts 1:20 New King James Version). The scriptures Peter referred to were Psalms 69:25 and Psalm 109:8. The name of Judas was not mentioned there but he fulfilled the negative prophecy. You won’t fulfil any negative prophecy in Jesus’ name. Your place will not become desolate and no one will take your place.

The owners of the colt responded to the need of Jesus. Can God depend on you to meet His needs? Can you give God whatever He demands of you? The names of the owners of the colt are not mentioned in the Bible, but God knows them. Sometimes your good deeds may not be publicly acknowledged; your name may not be publicized. Your goal should be to obey God or do His will, not to seek publicity.

Jesus said, Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.  Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matthew 6:1-4 New King James Version).

The owners of the colt Jesus rode on to Jerusalem didn’t deny Jesus its use, just as Peter had not denied Him the use of his boat for preaching after Peter’s fruitless night of fishing. He was rewarded with a net-breaking and boat-sinking catch of fish thereafter. In addition, he was ‘loosed ’ like that colt for the service of the Lord. The Lord needed Peter and his partners and they yielded themselves to His service; they became fishers of men (Luke 5:1-11).

Be sensitive to the divine need that you must meet. If you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, God will add all other things to you (Matthew 6:33). God did it for Peter when  He ‘loosed ’ him from his fishing business. How many fishermen in the time of Peter do you know their names today? Peter is still known today because he was ‘loosed’! The Lord needed him as a fisher of men and he answered the call.

Furthermore, you probably can’t remember any other colt in the Bible other than the colt that Jesus rode on to Jerusalem! Why? Because the colt was released by the owners for the Lord to use. And as Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people honoured Him, the colt indirectly shared in the honour! Luke 19:35-36 says,Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road” (New King James Version). Jesus says in John 12:26, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor” (New King James Version).

The Lord needs you. Who tied you? What tied you? Where have you been tied? What must you be loosed from? Demonic powers have tied some people. They need to be loosed. Some people’s destinies have been tied and they need to be loosed.

Some people have been tied to certain jobs that have been hindering them from fulfilling their destinies and they need to be loosed. Others need to be loosed from infirmities, like that woman that Jesus loosed from an eighteen-year-old infirmity (Luke 13:11-13). Also, some are bound by destructive habits and need to be loosed.

In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus, quoting Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 61, said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (verses 1:1-2a New King James Version). Whoever the Son makes free, either from sin or any other form of captivity. shall be free indeed (John 8:36). You are loosed in Jesus’ name.

Jesus needs you. Don’t put down yourself and say God can’t use you. No. If Jesus could use a colt, He can use you also. God loves you enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. He has a great destiny for you and the two of you (God and you) must work together to fulfil it. God needs you, not necessarily to become a pastor. But if as a pastor, why not? He needs you.

Don’t compare yourself to other people and say you don’t have what they have and, therefore, God can’t use you. No. God has different assignments for everybody and people have different gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:4 says there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. What others have, you may not have, but what you have, they may not have either.  “God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings” (1 Peter 4:10 Living Bible)

You may feel inadequate. That’s not strange. Nobody is sufficient for the assignment God has called him/her to do. That’s why you will need to continue to depend on Him for strength, and you will be able to do all things (Philippians 4:13)

2 Timothy  2:20-21  says, In a wealthy home there are dishes made of gold and silver as well as some made from wood and clay. The expensive dishes are used for guests, and the cheap ones are used in the kitchen or to put garbage in. If you stay away from sin you will be like one of these dishes made of purest gold—the very best in the house—so that Christ himself can use you for his highest purposes” (Living Bible). God has many people He is using but everyone is unique. He needs you. Therefore, consecrate yourself to Him.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, I surrender myself to You; use me according to Your will. Holy Spirit, help me to be sensitive to the divine need God may want me to meet. Help me to give whatever God demands of me. I will not fulfil negative prophecies in Jesus’ name. My place will not become desolate and no one will take my place.

(For about 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit: www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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