In Matthew 21:1-5, there is recorded the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. This was a highly significant event in light of messianic prophecy. To accomplish this fulfillment, Christ had an essential condition to fill.

“When they drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

“Say to daughter Zion,

‘Behold, your king comes to you,

meek and riding on an ass,

and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

While there are many things to highlight here of significance, I want to take a look at one that can easily be overlooked – the colt of the donkey. Imagine yourself there on that day now known as Palm Sunday. Jesus gives two disciples instructions that at first glance seem odd. They were to retrieve aa ass and it’s colt for Jesus to ride on. This colt was totally unqualified and inexperienced. It had never been ridden, and was not as strong as other donkeys that could have been used. But the Lord singles it out to be used to carry Him!

How many of us at times I felt in adequate for the things that Christ would have us to do? How often have we felt unqualified and untrained and therefore unable to accomplish things for God? Well Jesus has the same thing to say to you as he told the disciples to say to the donkey’s owner. He would say that in spite of your nervousness, lack of expertise and not knowing all the answers to questions that might come up, “the Master has need of you!” By you’re very nature and because of who you are, you do have what it takes to carry Jesus to other people. What you were called to do, indeed what the Master has need of you to do, is to show him to others.

You may lack training or education or speaking skills. While those are things to work on, remember that right here and right now, the Master has need of you! You may have blown it in the past with sins and failed relationships. Remember you are forgiven, your shame has been borne on the cross, and the Master has need of you! No one in the Kingdom of God is on a shelf and unable to carry Jesus to others.

You have a vital role to play, and the Master has need of you!