I would have never thought that I could learn much from a donkey, but God continues to take foolish things to confound me.
The reason that He takes this approach, is so that, "no flesh would glory in His presence" (1 Cor. 1:29). So no one would become lofty, thinking that they did anything of themselves. Maybe that’s the reason the Lord refers to His people as sheep,.. base animals. To be likened to sheep is not flattering. Sheep are among the dumbest and most defenseless of animals. That may be more of a likeness than we would care to admit.
And just as we can learn from sheep, we can also learn about ourselves by looking at this donkey upon which the Lord made His triumphal ride into Jerusalem.
Jesus is looking for people who will flow with His plans and purposes. He is searching for people who will make His purpose their priority. He is looking for people He can use, who submit to His authority and become useful for the Kingdom. And believe it or not, we can learn, and take our cue, from the donkey in Luke's account of the event.
Now the question is, why would you or I want to be a donkey for Jesus? I’ll tell you why: BECAUSE A DONKEY CARRIED HIS PRESENCE INTO THE CITY! And you and I should desire to become bearers of God’s Presence. God should be able to use us to access certain places, certain areas, and certain realms. That’s what He’s searching for, and desiring out of us.
Listen: SOMETHING ALWAYS CARRIES HIS PRESENCE! Search through the Bible and you will find that God’s Presence was never meant to be only something in the atmosphere that we can feel. In the Old Testament the ARK OF THE COVENANT proved that His Presence was meant to be carried! In the New Testament, the Spirit "descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove." And when He had departed this earth, the Holy Spirit came to the place where the apostles were and "sat upon each of them." (Acts 2:3) That implies that they bore, or carried, God’s Presence!
So then, becoming a donkey for Jesus is simply saying, "I WANT TO BECOME A BEARER OF GOD’S PRESENCE! And next week I'll show you four things that stand out in this Bible story.