Bring a colt that has never been ridden

In Mark 11:2-3 Jesus told his disciples Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If someone asks you, “Why are you doing this? tell him, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”

Lord, the creator of heaven and earth knows each one of us intimately. He has designed us in the womb of our mother and has the blueprint of our lives – he knows exactly what will happen to us and when.  In Mark 11:2-3 before sending out  his disciples, The Lord knew where the colt had been and what kind would it be (never been ridden). The Lord knew that his disciples would be questioned upon untying the colt and gave them a specific answer.

The Lord prepared his disciples before sending them out.

How important it is to cultivate the habit of listening to the Lord and his divine voice before going out to work for HIM. The Lord is aware of all  – where, what and how of our lives:

1. The Lord has destined a place for us to go – The Lord has given us great commission to preach the gospel but he has thought of a specific place for our ministry. Unless we know where to go, we will not be successful in our work despite our best efforts. To listen to the voice of the Lord by spending time with him brings us into an intimate relationship with Jesus which is needed before preaching Christ to others.

2. The Lord has a specific purpose for us – Not all of us can be preachers, some  of us are called to be miracle workers, some intercessors, evangelists, teachers, and some worshippers. Sometimes, the Lord wants us to remain where we are and bring glory to his name by being faithful – be it our workplace or our family. Some of us have been called to raise Christian families and Godly children. That is a part of our work for the Lord and the Lord will bless us if we carry it out faithfully.

3. The Lord sends his people with HIS word – Jesus gave an answer to his disciples when he had sent them to untie the colt. A very specific answer to the question – why the disciples were sent to the city? Jesus is still doing the same, preparing the people with his word before sending them out.

Where should I go, O’ Lord? What should I do to bring glory to your name? Shall I join a worship team or preach the word? If you have all these questions in your mind…The answer is WAIT and LISTEN TO THE LORD. Its time to spend more time his presence . Talk to him, question him and he himself will lead you and prepare you to work for his glory.

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Do you want to follow Christ?

In Mark 10: 17-23, A rich young man comes to Jesus and asks him “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus told him, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, Then come and follow me”.

Go When the Lord sends, he equips with his own word of power for human strength cannot achieve God’s purpose. When the Lord speaks, it turns into reality to whom the word is spoken. In John 14:7 Jesus said to his disciples, “If you really knew me you would know my Father as well. FROM NOW ON YOU DO KNOW HIM AND HAVE SEEN HIM“. In the above verses Jesus’ word that the disciples would know the father turns into reality the moment it was spoken. The Lord continued in next part by saying “From now on you know him”. Along the same principle, When the Lord asks someone to Go, HIS command to go turns into reality  and that person is filled not only with a zeal to go and work for the Lord but also with an immeasurable supply of strength from the one who is the origin and source of all power and might.

Sell everything – Matthew 6:21 “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Our treasure is not made up of the thighs that we possess but rather the things that control and possess us – things that take up our time and efforts, for what entraps our heart and captivates our mind, becomes our treasure.

Jesus is asking to sell EVERYTHING. Selling involves two parties – buyer, seller, and some sort of exchange between them. Christ is asking you and me to make Christ our invisible buyer, to sell  the things that have enslaved us for long. Christ is willing to purchase them for a price. The price is precious, and it comes in the form of freedom – True freedom. But it is only for those who are willing to sell EVRYTHING to the Lord.

Give to the poor – Once the Lord has granted freedom to us by taking everything away that was keeping us busy, we become indebted to share this freedom with those who have piled up false treasure for themselves, treasure that has no value in the sight of the Lord. It becomes our responsibility to share the good news of freedom with them so that they may receive the same gift of freedom from the Lord as we have received.

You will have treasure in heaven The more we give to the poor, the richer we become in Lord’s sight. Sometimes, we don’t see the fruit of our labour for a long time, but the word says that nothing you have ever done for Lord’s service will ever go wasted”. All we could do is to trust and sow the seed of the word in all seasons. Let’s put in our best efforts to turn the freedom we have received from the Lord into freedom for all.

Then come and follow me – The Lord says “Once you have done your part and spread the word of freedom, then come back to me to receive more from me. You don’t need to do anything in my presence, just listen and receive. The more you practise listening to me, the more you will learn to trust me. Unless you have built a trust relationship with me, you can’t follow me. Once you begin to follow me, you don’t need to worry about anything. I will take care of everything, just FOLLOW ME”

Shrewd Fisherman – lessons from John 4

Bible tells us In John 4, that Jesus had to go through Samaria so he came to a town called Sycher and since Jesus was tired he sat down by the well.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water. As soon as Jesus saw the woman he said “Will you give me a drink?”. The woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a samaritan, how can you ask me for a drink?”

The Lord is telling us that a shrewd fisherman needs Godly humility. The King of Kings didn’t hesitate to ask for a drink from a person who was not considered of a good social standing according to the norms prevalent at that time. The Lord has told us that there is no distinction now between Jews and Gentiles, whoever is in Christ is a new creation. Jesus didn’t preach this truth to that woman but proved by his actions. The Lord brought himself down to save the Samaritan woman. Paul says, I became everything for everyone so that I may win Christ for them. The Lord is still speaking to us today and reminding us that the work of the Lord is to outreach to those who are discouraged, depressed and victim of low self-esteem.

When the Samaritan woman heard that  Jesus was asking her for a drink, she must have felt good about herself that she had something to give to a person of higher social ranking than her. The Lord wanted to free her from her old thinking that there was a distinction between Jews and Gentiles. The Lord wanted to boost the self-esteem of the Samaritan woman before giving her any message.
A shrewd fisherman brings a message of encouragement that builds up the confidence and faith of the listener.

When Jesus asked for a drink, he also opened a door for communication that was based on fulfilling the immediate need of the woman that  was boosting her self-esteem and further clearing a way for the word of God to be established. The Lord is teaching us to clear the way before start preaching.
A shrewd fisherman makes a way for clear communication by destroying the barriers and misconceptions.

The woman said “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan so how can you ask me for a drink. The moment Jesus heard it he said “If you knew the gift of God and who is it that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The Lord wanted the woman to know that she was in need. And only Jesus could fulfill her need.
A shrewd fisherman convinces the listener that there exists a need on the part of the listener.

The woman said , “Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where did you get this living water”. The woman came to a point where she could freely communicate with the Lord, The Lord was waiting for this opportunity. In fact,  Jesus eagerly waits for the times and occasions when we could open ourselves and speak to him freely.

Now the woman wanted to ask more questions to Jesus, she said, ” Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself as did his sons and his flocks and herds? The Lord answered. “Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks the water that I give him will never thirst, indeed, the water that I give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Suddenly, Jesus changed the conversation from water and well to “Go and call your husband and come back.” The Lord wanted to bring out the ugliness of woman’s life that she was trying to hide. The first step to be blessed by the Lord is to bring to the Lord our shame, our weaknesses and infirmities. The woman said “I don’t have a husband. Lord replied that You are right that you have no husband. The fact is that you have had five husbands and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have told me is quite true.” The Lord told the woman that I am aware of  what state you are in. And you have lived enough in the shame of your weaknesses but the time has come for you to leave that old way of life and walk in freedom.

The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.The woman came to know Jesus even before  Jesus started preaching to her.
A shrewd fisherman preaches without even opening his mouth.

The woman further said, “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” The woman came to the point where she started to seek the guidance and the counselling of the Lord. She had questions about the right place of worship. The Lord answered, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you don’t know, we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet, a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and truth. God is spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Lord told the woman clearly that to know WHO TO WORSHIP is more important  than to know WHERE TO WORSHIP. The Lord said further that “a time is coming when the true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth, for these are the worshippers Father seeks.” The woman said, Messiah is coming and when he comes, he will tell us everything.

The Lord saw that the Samaritan was waiting for Christ. Now, the time has come for the Lord to preach…Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am He.”
Shrewd Fisherman leads the listeners to a way where they feel a thirst for Christ.

A shrewd fisherman is the one who is always busy making a way for the Lord and preaches only when it is needed.