Many years ago when a young friend asked if he could borrow our car, my wife and I were hesitant at first. It was our car. We owned it and we depended on it. But we soon felt we should share it with him because we knew that God wanted us to care for others. So we handed the keys over to him and he travelled to a church 30 miles away to conduct a youth rally. The meeting was used by the Lord to bring teenagers to Christ.

Jesus instructed His disciples to take another man’s donkey. The Son of God told His men to “loose it and bring it” to Him (Mark 11:2). If someone objected, they were to say, “The Lord has need of it,” and they would then be allowed to lead it away. That donkey carried Christ into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday.

There’s a lesson here for us to consider. We all have things that we hold dear. We may have thought, I could never part with that. It may be a new car, a coat, some other possession or our precious few free hours during the week. Will we be open to give when someone obviously needs something we have?

If you sense that God is challenging you to do this, then let your time or possession go, just as the owner released his animal to Jesus. He will then be glorified as He deserves!

God gives us all we need, so we can give to others in their need.


David C. Egner


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