Palm Sunday just past, and I have to say that I love the picture of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. He is riding that donkey into Jerusalem. The crowds throng around Him. Some take off their coats and lay them on the path ahead of Jesus. Others pull palm branches off of the trees and lay them down. All are shouting and cheering. It must have been quite a sight.
A sight the Pharisees wanted to see come quickly to an end. Look at Luke 19:36-40.
Then the crowds spread out their coats on the road ahead of Jesus. As they reached the place where the road started down from the Mount of Olives, all of His followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
They shouted joyfully, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven.”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet.”
Jesus replied, “I can guarantee that if they are quiet, the stones will cry out!”
I don’t know about you, but if Jesus can use a rock to proclaim His glory, then surely He can use me. If Jesus can use stones to spread the Good News, then surely I can be used to spread the Good News. If Jesus can enable lifeless things to shout His praises, how much more can He enable us, the people He suffered and died for?
God can use us. God will use us. We just need to believe it.
Think of Moses. God actually used that stuttering murderer-turned-goat-herder to lead millions of his countrymen to the Promised Land. Think of the twelve disciples who couldn’t do anything right. God actually used them to build His church. And think of Hugh Bourne, who I spoke of in the previous blog. That man, so bashful as is seldom equaled, was used by the Lord to found a denomination.
There was nothing special about Moses. There was nothing special about the disciples. And there was nothing special about Hugh Bourne. It simply comes down to: Are you willing?
Are you willing to be salt and let God pour you out on a lost world? Are you willing to be light and let God put you on a stand to shine out in the darkness? Are you willing to be a bridge from Christ to the world? Are you willing?
If you are, then anything is possible.