I’m continuing a prayerful reading of the gospel of Mark. In chapter 11, Jesus tells two of the disciples to go into a village and take a colt which they will see tied up there. If anyone questions them about making off with the animal, they are simply to reply:
“The Lord has need of it.” Mark 11:3
As children, we imagined this as a mini-miracle — why would someone just allow a stranger to take one of their possessions? In actuality, it was most likely planned — Jesus knew these folks, and if He hadn’t alerted them in advance, they were at least willing to trust Him. This passage stood out to me as I wondered, “what do I ‘own’ that the Lord has need of?” Here are some ideas:
- Maybe He needs financial support to keep His body, the church, alive and well. This should not be a tip, but a tithe.
- He might need my time to prepare or serve a meal at the local mission for the homeless
- He could need my ability to write so that this blog or the church newsletter is available to encourage others
The list could keep going, and of course, in one sense, Jesus doesn’t “need” me at all. His purposes will be accomplished with or without my help. However, He has chosen me and has graciously allowed me to be part of His plan. He has worked out ahead of time things that I can do. When I hear, “the Lord has need of it” I should be willing to simply comply, not question or complain. In Ephesians 2:10 Paul tells us:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
What does He need from you? Are you listening?
For more posts of the book of Mark see: