Friday, February 11, 2011

Don't Act Like An Ass

In Matthew 21, we see the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey colt. As he rode into town, the people threw down palm branches and shouted praises.

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Matthew 21:8,9

Imagine if the donkey had any level of intellect to understand what was going on. Here he is riding through town with people shouting praises. Would he have thought the praises were for him? After all, he was the one doing all the work. Jesus was simply riding. The donkey was the one walking and carrying Jesus. The palm branches were thrown on the ground. Would he have thought they were protecting his steps? Honoring him? It's crazy to even imagine it, isn't it?

Yet, how often do we do the same thing? Maybe we're volunteering at church; singing for the praise team or choir, going on a mission, donating to a food pantry, or writing a devotion. When people offer praise, do we think they're praising us? We're the ones that did the work, aren't we?

Or, isn't it more that we are just doing what Jesus asked us to do, like the donkey. Jesus is the one that should be receiving the honor and glory. Not us. The donkey simply had the honor of carrying the Messiah, and while it was an honor for the donkey to do so, the Messiah was the ONLY one who deserved the praises.

So the next time you do something at church or as a mission, and someone tells you "Great job," remember who is holding the reins. Don't be confused. It is an honor to do work for Jesus, but we aren't the ones who deserve the honor. Don't act like the donkey.

All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass." Matthew 21:4,5 KJV

Chatty Kelly


Bonita said...

Kelly, you definitely hooked me with that title! When I first read it I thought, "This can't possibly be Kelly!" haha

What a great reminder! It's so easy to either play the martyr or soak up the praise when we are serving the Lord. Who knew that a real ass would show us the right way to respond! haha

My ADHD Me said...

I simply loved this! And the title was excellent. As Bonita said, it was an eye catcher.

Melanie said...

Yep! Great thought and title, too.

Gwen S said...

Definitely a are your posts! You make me think and focus not on me. What a blessing for you to share Jesus this way!

lioneagle said...

Hi Kelly -

Thank you...

I needed this reminder...

We must decrease so that HE can increase - so said by John the Baptist and so true indeed!