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Summary: Actually all of us have a donkey. Each of us have things in our life if given back to God, would help carry Jesus to another place. What is it that you have, a song, a hug, an idea or just a little time? Maybe you can write a big check or teach a greatles

The Guy with the Donkey

Matt 21:2 - 3

Matt 21:2 - 3… If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ’The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately send them."


Talking to some of the interesting bible characters in heaven will be interesting. Some would like to talk to “one of the Mary’s”, others to one of the disciples. Maybe you would visit with Paul or one of the kings.

I would like to take to the guy with the donkey. We don’t even know his name or what he might look like. All we know is what he gave. He gave the donkey to Jesus the Sunday he entered Jerusalem.

"Go into the village over there," he said, "and you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them here.

• How did the donkey owner know that Jesus would need the donkey?

• Did he mind having the donkey taken and used?

• When he witnessed the events following, how did he feel?

• Were you proud, surprised, concerned

Did you know that all four gospels would tell your story?

What was it like when you fully understood that it was God who rode your donkey.

What did you do with the donkey after this big event.

• Have you ever felt that God wanted you to give something but your don’t do it for some reason. Then later you realized you missed the chance to make a difference in some ones life.

• Other times we know God wants us to give something but we don’t because we are too selfish, thinking we have the right not to give it.

• Then occasionally, too few times, we hear God asking and we actually follow through with the concept and feel honored that some thing we gave helped Jesus into another place or another heart.

• And still we often wonder if the little things we do really make any difference at all.

Actually all of us have a donkey. Each of us have some things in our life if given back to God would help carry Jesus to another place. What is it that you have, a song, a hug, an idea or just a little time? Maybe you can write a big check, teach a great lesson, of take on a big project.

What ever you have to give, that is your donkey. It could be that God wants to mount your donkey to enter another city, another nation or another heart. Do you let him? Do you give the donkey? Do you hesitate?

Scripture and life are both full of little things given to a big, God that made a great difference.

Things like Rahab’s rope; Paul’s bucket; David’s sling; and Samson’s Jawbone.

Pick up the rod of Moses; Sniff the ointment; touch a wooden manger, examine a rough cross and pat the back of the man who helped carry the cross.

All of these were something of little significance but when given to God a mighty miracle of God followed.

ILL How God moves:

1. A Sunday school teacher named Kimble led a Boson shoe clerk to Jesus named Dwight Moody.

2. Moody became an evangelist and influenced Fredrick Meyer

3. Meyer began to Preach on college campuses and converted Wilbur Chapman

4. Chapman became involved in the YMCA and arranged for a former baseball player named Billy Sunday to speak at a revival in Charlotte, North Carolina.

5. The revival went well so the town leaders scheduled another meeting and brought in Mordecai Hamm to preach.

6. In that revival a young man named Billy Graham yielded his life to Christ.

I am very sure a Boston Sunday School teacher had no idea what the significance of witnessing to a shoe sales man would be. By allowing God to use his donkey, he helped thousands understand salvation.

What does your donkey look like? Are you allowing the lord to take and use it?

The guy with the donkey helped to fulfill old testament prophecy.

This was done to fulfill the prophecy…

Prophecy of:

Zech 9:9-10… Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey--even on a donkey’s colt. NLT

If we knew that giving our donkey would hasten the return of the Lord or fulfill a scripture we would rush to have our donkey available. If out little gift to God helped somebody receive healing of be filled with the spirit we would not hesitate. But the truth is we never do really know the full significance of what we give to God.

The class you teach will really make a difference even if you have only one student.

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