With less than a month left in our fiscal year (ending April 30th), we are only 73% to our goal. Last year at this time we had received 86% of our goal. Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to give to the ministry of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB).
Imagine this: Some strangers walk up to your car, open the doors and get in. When you run over and ask what they’re doing, one of them says, “The Lord needs it.” What do you feel? Think? Say?
I was recently struck by the story of the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus said to some of His followers, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away” (Matt 21:2-3 NIV).
Actually, the Scriptures don’t focus on the donkey, they focus on her owners. Matthew, Mark and Luke record the owners as asking what Jesus’ disciples are doing when they start untying the donkey. When they hear that the Lord needs it, they let them take it.
The question I ask myself, or should I say the Holy Spirit asks me, is what would I do if someone started backing my car out of the driveway saying “The Lord needs it”?
I might wonder; If the Lord can take away my car without me offering it to Him, does He have a right to my salary check, house or life? Shouldn’t He at least tell me what He is going to do? Am I supposed to simply trust Him, no questions asked?
I am moved by the actions of the owners who released their donkey. They didn’t know if they would see it again. But they experienced the truth of Jesus’ statement that anyone who gives something to the Lord receives much more in return.
Think of what the owners felt when they joined the celebration, welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem, and noticed that He was riding in on their donkey!
They gave him their donkey because the Lord needed it. Now He was entering Jerusalem to give them what they needed. A gift that was, and is, infinitely greater; His holy and precious blood.
I pray, Lord Jesus, I need You to create in me a deep understanding that all I have is Yours.
Forgive me for clinging to things when congregations must cut staff salaries, missionary candidates are told ‘We don’t have funds, maybe you can go next year,’ and the Seminary is forced to raise student tuitions.
Give me a willing heart that reflects Your giving of Yourself because we sinners needed You to atone for our sins and make us children of God.
Thank you for going all the way to the cross, our Savior King.
- President Joel Egge