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Luke 19:33-34 – And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”

What a beautiful message Jesus sent to the donkey’s owner that first Palm Sunday! No wonder the donkey’s owner let the disciples take it immediately. Wouldn’t you, if Jesus sent a message like that? What an honor to do anything for Him!

When I was a teenager, I was the one who wound up doing most of the dishes for our church’s soup suppers during Lent. You’d find me in the kitchen, up to my armpits in suds—washing box after box of dusty glass communion cups first, and then stack upon stack of white china bowls as they came in from the tables. And the spoons! (We had a pretty high attendance.)

Doing dishes is not my favorite thing. Ask my family if you doubt it. But this time was different—because it was for the Lord. “The Lord has need of it.” Well, if you put it that way, how can I refuse? Why would I want to?

Now that I’m older, I hear that voice more clearly—as I suspect you do, too. Care for a sick child? Take the car in for repairs? Help somebody with their taxes? “The Lord has need of it.” Yes, indeed, He does, because “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:40).

THE PRAYER: Lord, help me to see and recognize the opportunities You give me to serve You and Your people. Amen.