Mark 11:1 – 7
As Jesus and His disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks “What are you doing?” just say, “The Lord needs it and will return it soon.” The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.
Christ gave the Disciples specific instructions. He sent two of them ahead of him and told them what to do.
- He told them where to go
- He told them what to look for
- He told them what to say if someone approached them
When we are searching for what Christ wants us to do with our lives, ministry and daily walk we must listen for His instructions. He is known to give specific instructions. He will tell you where to go, what to look for and what to say.
It is up to us to follow his specific instructions. He commands us to read his scripture and meditate on His word. This allows the Holy Spirit to speak to us, while our hearts are softened.
After meditation, He will tell you exactly where you should go, what to look for, and what to say. BUT, if we do not follow His instructions we could be rejected or miss what God has for us.
The disciples were instructed to go to a specific place to find a donkey that had never been ridden. What would have happened if the disciples said, “You know what! The city on the other side of town may have way better donkeys. Let’s go over there. God will be pleased because we will find the best donkey over there!” And when they travelled to the other city they couldn’t find a donkey! They would have delayed Christ arrival trying to find something better when the best was already provided! Don’t delay your blessing disobeying Christ searching for better when He already has the best laid out in front of you!
Let’s move past where He told them to go. He also told them what to look for. He told them to look for a young donkey tied that no one had ridden. What would have happened if the disciples said, “You know what! Those horses over there sure are nice. Let’s bring back a horse. Surely, the master will be pleased with a horse. After all, it’s much nicer than a donkey!” They would have delayed Christ arrival trying to find something they felt was better. The donkey was set aside specifically for Christ. A horse is not what Christ called. A horse could not fulfill the prophecy. Yes, the horse is beautiful. The horse is tall and has a beautiful coat. BUT, the horse cannot fulfill the prophecy because it was not called. We shouldn’t be so quick to choose what “looks” better. We must use discernment and be obedient to Christ to make sure we are choosing whom and what God chose. Only God’s chosen will be used to fulfill His prophecy and works.
After telling the disciples what to look for, the last thing Christ told them was what to say. The disciples had to say a specific statement when asked. They were not told to give their opinion about the donkey. They were told to say, “The Lord needs it and will return it soon”. Christ did not ask them to give their opinion as to why the Lord needed it. They didn’t even need to tell the person when He would bring it back. So many times, Christ will give us a message but we choose to throw our own opinions in the mix. If the Holy Spirit did not tell you to say it, you should keep your mouth closed. We should only say what the Holy Spirit tells us to say. When we deviate and disobey, our message will not be received and prophesies to be fulfilled will be delayed. They will be delayed until the instructed message is delivered as directed.
The book of Zechariah prophesies about Christ riding on a donkey.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
If the disciples deviated and disobeyed Christ’ instructions in any way the prophesy would have been delayed. I say delayed because we cannot destroy what God has already predestined. If we do not do what God has told us to do, He can rise up another servant to fulfill His prophecy.
The disciples understood the importance of following Christ. They understood the power of Christ and feared God.
In your life are you following Christ instructions? Where has He told you to go? What has He told you to look for? What has He told you to say? Don’t disobey Him. Listen to Him. He has a plan specifically designed for you. If you deviate from His instructions you may not reach the destination He has prepared just for you. Don’t delay your blessing or miss your Christ designed destiny. Go where He tells you to go. Look for what He has for you and say what He tells you to say.
If you can’t hear Him, rest in His Word. Call out to the Holy Spirit and study His Word daily. He will find you there and give you instructions specifically designed for you. Your only responsibility is to obey. God’s best awaits. Don’t let disobedience delay your destiny.