The Lord has need of you!

Week beginning: 9th April, 2017 | By Esther Harrison | Nottingham

…then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… 

Matthew 21:1-4 (NKJV)

"Immediately". It brooks no hesitation or questions but rather faithful obedience.

Meditating on this part of the Palm Sunday narrative, I was struck by two things. Firstly, that God's sovereign intention to introduce His Son in fulfilment of great promises in the Old Testament, depended on an unnamed servant of God and his resources being in the right place at the right time. We get so caught up in our own lives that we sometimes forget to step back and see that God is at work in eternity and we have a part to play in His plan. As lawyers, we have the immense privilege of being involved in seeking justice, whether it be to draft a statute or a will; to sit on the High Court bench or represent a mother accused of shoplifting in a Magistrates' Court.

The second thing is to be ready to serve whenever God calls us and in whatever capacity. We may think we're too busy or sometimes if we're honest, too important to carry out humble tasks: free legal advice to a Christian charity, being a driver for the youth meeting, standing with an open-air speaker in our lunch break…

Our Saviour didn't let importance, busyness or self-regard get in the way of obedience to His Father by dying for sinners.

Prayer points:

1. As we build up this week to Good Friday and Easter Sunday take time to reflect on God's sovereign plan and the wonderful gift of reconciliation we have through His Son.

2. Ask the Lord to show you where he wants you to serve Him, in whatever capacity that might be in the next week.

3. Pray for the interns in Nairobi, Ricky, Ian and Merle as they spend Easter away from family; pray that they may have times of great rejoicing with the body of Christ in Kenya.