A man had a donkey. It was a significant asset in the first century. Jesus needed a donkey and he sent his disciples to find one. In the final part of this series we draw our attention to one very important word.
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” Matthew 21:1-3
Jesus knew that the owner of the donkey would give immediately – no hesitation, or hand wringing. All he needed to hear was that the Lord needed it and it was a done deal.
So what is it that generous, cheerful, prompt to do it givers know and believe that allows them to be immediate responders?
Giving is a matter of the heart – Giving is another way to worship and give thanks. If you follow your finances you will find your heart.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Mathew 6:21
God owns it all – Remembering that everything we have belongs to God makes it easy to give.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. Psalm 24:1
Giving makes a difference – The gospel is a free gift, but it takes resources to get the message out.
You can’t out give God – God exists on a much larger scale than we could imagine. God challenges us to give and test his intent on blessing us in return. (Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9-10, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6
God is glorified through giving – As Jesus entered the city on that donkey people worshipped him. They spread their coats and palm branches on the ground before him and shouted Hosanna! Jesus was glorified as the Messiah through one man’s immediate giving.
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