Mark 11:1-3: ‘Untie it’.

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2 saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks you, “Why are you doing this?” say, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”’ NIV

Do you have money and possessions ‘tied up’ for personal use? Do you realise that everything you have ought to be ‘untied’ for Jesus’ use? He may well allow you to still have it, and hold it and use it. But once you become His disciple, you have to understand that nothing is to be so tied up for your own use that Jesus can’t touch it.

‘’The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly’’ (3b: underlining mine). It is the experience of many Christians that what you offer up to Jesus; what you let go of for His sake, regularly comes back to you, and often with significant interest. These are the mysterious workings of the Divine economy. ‘God is no man’s debtor.’ Like Joseph’s brothers, you find your ‘silver’ back in your ‘sack’.

PRAYER: Lord, it takes faith to give. Certainly it does if we are to give as your Word commands. Help me to live with an open heart and open hands, knowing that you are to be trusted. May I not fail to give anything you ask of me. Help me to let it go as if it’s never coming back. But thank you for all the times it has come back – and more besides.