In the story of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we can take a look at the event through the perspective of the colt ridden by Jesus. In many ways, Christians should strive to be like this donkey.
- The colt was set free and untied to serve the Lord.
Jesus has promised his followers that if we follow him, the truth will set [us] free. John 8:32 He has a plan and a purpose for every individual, and if we choose to seek him, he will free us from the bondage of sin. We become free to serve the Lord.
- The colt was set aside for one purpose.
In Romans 12:1-2, we are advised, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Our only purpose in life, as Christians, should be God's purpose.
- The colt was surrendered by the owner.
We must completely die to our own will in order to surrender to God.
- The colt was saddled as if for a king.
Even though we are able to approach Him freely, it is important to remember that our God is indeed a king; he deserves to be respected and feared by His people. The author of Revelation 7:9-10 recalls a vision: there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
- The colt was steered onto a clear path.
When we turn our lives over to the Lord, He puts us on His path. There is no guarantee that the path will be easy or free of hardship, but we can rest in the knowledge that the all-knowing, all-powerful God has paved the way for us. He will lift us from our lowly places, provide us with His Spirit, and give us a new foundation to stand upon.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
- The colt was used to surround Jesus with praise.
As the above Psalm mentions, once we receive the Lord (and all of the inherent blessings, grace, and mercy which accompany our salvation), we must be sure to honor God with our praises. To Him we should give all glory for the happenings of our lives. Every day, our choices should honor our king, and our mouths should sing His praises.