Matthew 21:1-11 (2) – Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. (KJV)

Read: Ephesians 6:6-8

A donkey was an animal used for transportation in the early days. In today’s Bible reading, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem as the crowd gathered to hail Him. Among the crowd were different groups of people. There were spectators who did nothing, some who applauded Jesus, and people who held palm leaves as they spread their valued clothing on the way to honour Christ. The donkey and the welcoming crowd made Jesus’ glorious entrance possible.

It pays to be a vessel for God’s use. Several years ago, a man would volunteer to drive a pastor whenever he was in the United States of America. During one of his visits, the pastor brought gifts for the man’s children, unknowing that the volunteer driver had been married for 19 years without a child. The man accepted the gifts by faith, and that same year he and his wife had their first child. It was at the point of service to God that the volunteer got an encounter that sped up his breakthrough.

Beloved, on which side are you in the scheme of God’s service? Are you just an observer in the Church, a congregation analyst, or a genuine vessel in the kingdom? I encourage you to spend and be spent for God’s work to set yourself apart in readiness. Be a vessel like the donkey to assist the messengers and carry the messages to the people. Maximise the importance of Easter to tell the world about the sacrifice of Christ for human redemption. By so doing, your labour will not go unrewarded because your needs will be attended to by God.


Hymn: As a Volunteer – W. S. Brown (1907)

1. Father, if in any way I have failed You, please forgive me and make me a doer of Your word.

2. Lord, I refuse to be an unprofitable servant. Please open my eyes and give me everything I need to serve You better.


1. Praise God for the great things He has done in your life and for the success of the Easter Prayer Retreat.


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