The Servants Used By God
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey..” Zech 9:9
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know who God chooses as His servants and how they are used by Him. Many are receiving the remission of sins and we need servants to lead and give them guidance in their walk with the Lord.
Who then are those used by God? Let us glean from Matthew 21 :1-11 to identify correctly the servants that God uses for His glory.
- God Uses Servants Untied From The World Mt 21:1-3
God uses those who have been loosed from their worldly ties. Those who are tied to the world cannot become servants because they still hold fast to many things of this world. Those who have been freed from the world are used by God as His precious instruments. Among the elects, some can become God’s servants while others can’t. Those who are unqualified to become servants are those still tied to carnal and material pleasures. God loosens the ties through His servants. John 11:44 Our Lord Himself does not untie them personally but loosens them through His servants. The donkey mentioned in the passage was also tied to the world. A stake was driven into the ground and the donkey was tied by a rope to this stake. The donkey work for his master. Just as the donkey is a worker to his master, we are also God’s servants once we are born again. However, if we are still tied to the world, God cannot use us. Only when we are released from the world can the Lord ride us and enter Jerusalem with us. How many ties do you have that bind you? One may be tied to his acquaintances, to his emotional attachments, to power, to basic needs or even to oneself. All these ties must be loosened by God’s servant before we can be used by God,
- God Uses Servants Redeemed From Satan Exo 13:13
When Jesus and His disciples came near Jerusalem, He said to two of His disciples, “go into the village opposite and you will see a donkey and a colt. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything, tell them that the Lord will have need of them.“ This is something only the Lord can say. Jesus Who has redeemed us is more than able to do this because He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, including the donkey. The Lord commanded His disciples to loosen the tied donkey and bring it to Him. The disciples obeyed and did as they were told. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on this donkey. All of us, without exception, must be put to death because of our sins. However, by believing in the baptism and the death of the Lamb of God we have been born again and redeemed from the curse of the Law and Satan. These donkeys, having received the remission of sins are God’s servants. Even though we are Adam’s descendants and were destined to die for our sins, now having been redeemed through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we can be used as servants of God. It is by using servants like us that God fulfills His will and purposes on earth.
- God Uses Servants That Are Lowly Mt 21:5
The Scripture above describes how Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem. The King of kings was riding a donkey that was loosed from the bondage of the world. He rode the donkey into the city out of humility. The Lord is the King of Heaven but He entered Jerusalem riding on a lowly donkey. In the Bible, donkeys refer to the descendants of Adam who have not been born again. Adam and Eve, did not believe in the Word of God and disobeyed it out of stubbornness. God described them as donkeys. Someone who has a stiff neck and is stubborn is called a donkey. Who are made servants of God? Even though we are still as stubborn as donkeys after being born again, God continues to use us as His servants in our insufficiency. While it is a donkey that Jesus rides, it is a special donkey that has been freed from the world. It is glorious to be used in the work of the Lord. The Lord works through us, the elect, the people of God who are imperfect and haughtily stubborn.
God works in us so that we will not live for our own flesh but for the souls of others.
We are so thankful to God for using someone so lowly like us. We must desire to do the work of Jesus, that is, to serve the Lord. How glorious it must have been for the donkey to carry Jesus on His back on that triumphant day. When the donkey carried Jesus on his back, normally it was supposed to be whipped by his master. Instead, the multitudes spread their clothes before the donkey. I can say that the donkey enjoyed the greatest glory of its life time. Even though there are countless donkeys in the world, I believe that the donkey chosen and used by Jesus is the most blessed one.