What Jesus Did! 'Permitted' — Mark 11:4-6

Monday, August 8, 2016

The followers went into the town. They found a young donkey tied in the street near the door of a house. The followers untied the donkey. Some people were standing there and saw this. The people asked, "What are you doing? Why are you untying that donkey?" The followers answered the way Jesus told them to answer. The people let the followers take the donkey.
— Mark 11:4-6 NLT
Illustration of Mark 11:4-6 NLT — "What are you doing? Why are you untying that donkey?"

Key Thought

"The Lord needs it and will return it soon." That's what Jesus' followers told the owners of the colt. (See verse 3.) They were permitted to take it when they gave these words. What about us? What in our lives does the Lord need to use? Is it our talent, treasure, or time? Is it our family, friends, or future? What in our lives—and yes, I will ask this of myself as well—is hardest for us to relinquish to the Lordship of Jesus? Is it some secret place in our heart where we have let sin take root? Is it some cherished goal? Is it some lazy habit ... personal possession ... cherished accomplishment? Like the owner of this colt, the Lord relays his message: "The Lord has need of it." So will we release our grip and let him have these things? The transformational power of Jesus' sacrifice is often blocked in our lives because we will not let him march into our hearts with cries of "Hosanna!" because we will not permit him to have what we grasp. If he can let go of heaven for us, then why would we cling to our temporal toys and block his path to the throne of our hearts?

Today's Prayer

O God, the loving Almighty, I ask for help in opening every area of my heart, every avenue in my life, to your Son. Help me permit him to be Lord of all of me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9
  • Philippians 2:5-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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