1Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany,
at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;
2and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you;
and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied,
on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.
3And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say,
‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
He knew about the tied down colt. He had been watching the tied-down colt from a spiritual distance. He knew the tied-down colt was still where it was tied and would still be found there by the time it was to be released to manifest.
The colt had all along been tied down till the appointed time it would be needed. Therefore, while it was tied down beside the road, she would have seen a lot of other colts walking freely and at liberty to do whatever they wanted and to go wherever they desire without restrictions. They were not tied down. But why she? Or had they refused to be tied down on the spot?
While on this embarrassing enslavement, this colt must have suffered a lot of ridicules and embarrassing comments from her freely roaming friends who would have spoken to her pitifully about her undue restrictions. She must have fought within herself the temptation to go wild and enforce her liberty. But she was there where the disciple came for her.
Many years ago, while I was on Teaching Practice in a small town I had been posted to teach from the higher institution where I was studying English Educaton. A group of boys were posted together with me to teach in a secondary school and we were all living in the same house. Incidentally, I happened to be the only born-again child of God amidst them and I suffered a lot of ridicule and embarrassing comments from these boys I must not quarrel with. We were living in the same house and eating together but were standing on two separate ideals.
They would talk about girls and parties and I would talk about God and essence of living for Him. They would go after girls and I would be left alone in the house on many occassions. I was tied down. They would come back and pounced on me with unbearable jokes and annoying comments, telling me all what I was missing. Yet I must refrain myself from lashing out at them. I was tied down.
You would have scored good grades if you had done what the lecturers demanded. You would have been in Europe or America if you have agreed to falsify the Visa Applications and submit falsified documents. You could not collect bribes like your fellow staff. You could not join them to falsify figures. They were having it smooth, but you are having it hard. Your friends and parents had called you a fool. You had wondered if they were right. Were they right? No. You were only being tied down for the Master’s use.
In this ministry, we in evangelical Drama and Film production ministry are seriously tied down by the Master. We could not profiteer this ministry the way we should have done, else, the work would be hindered and our visions and goals would not be achieved. We could not go the way of the world, if we would make impacts within the entertainment industry of this present audio-visual generation.
4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door
outside on the street, and they loosed it.
5 But some of those who stood there said to them,
“What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded.
So they let them go.
7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes
on it, and He sat on it.
8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others
cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Then, the appointed time came. The Master sent for the tied down colt. They loosed it. When your time comes to be loosed, no one will be able to hold you back, because your time has come. Oh! Her moment of glory has come at last. Jesus wanted to ride on an ass to Jerusalem, it must be the one that has been prepared, the one that has patiently suffered some ridicules and embarrassment of waiting. It must be the colt that has been restricted from all negative influences around. The colt had thought she was a fool. But her moment has finally come.
They threw their clothes on it and Jesus sat on it. They dressed it gorgeous. They decorated it for the Master. The colt was honored for the Master. “And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches and spread them on the road” Can you imagine, the ass was no longer walking on the dirty ground. Do you know what that means? Red Carpet, Prestigious treatment for the vessel that carried Jesus to another place. Wherever the Lord was going, this colt was qualified to be there, she had paid the price of patience.
Oh! where were all those friends of hers who said she was a fool to be tied down? Where were all those fellow co-workers who were making jest of her for not resisting her enslavement? May your payday come too.
Pay day will soon come, because, pay day will always come.
“7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Are you becoming wearied of being tied down? No. Receive grace. Receive strength. Receiving OPEN DOORS into ministries and promotion in life is not about fasting and praying alone, it is also about receiving grace to wait for His appointed timing. The grace to stay calm till He comes to release you into your moment of glory.
People, friends and relatives who had thought you had been a fool would later come to honor the God you serve when they see what He has done for you. But you have to give the Master that opportunity to glorify Himself in you, by staying calm tied down under His command until He sends to release you into your glory.
May I receive Grace to wait patiently till my moment of glory comes.
Source: Evang. Mike Bamiloye