Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 75)
Ride Donkeys
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.
Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

'Fear not, daughter of Zion;

Behold, your King is coming,

Sitting on a donkey's colt.'

John 12:14-15 (NKJV)*
Perhaps some of you who have fancy cars may not appreciate this devotion.** I understand the justifications when drivers can afford luxury rides. 'I've worked hard and deserve this set of wheels. I spend a great deal of time on the road.'

Perhaps some of you who have simpler cars may embrace different priorities. Or thrifty cars may be all you can afford. So would you get a rich ride if you could? 'It would be so much fun to have those wheels. I've got good credit. I'll just extend it.'

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Jesus didn't drive a chariot. He wasn't carried in a litter. He didn't captain a wagon train. He's not (yet) ridden a great white horse.*** Instead, He traveled around on foot, and the only ride we know He took was on the young colt of a donkey. Note: it was His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the Christ.

So how does this car talk affect you? Are we getting a little picky in looking at the cars Christians drive? Only if examples don't matter. But the lifestyle of Jesus the Man points to His Role Model choices.

Even more, your rise as His bright lights is ordained for that exact purpose: not to inspire envy for your things, but to focus envy on your Joy, Heaven's gentle and humble Leader.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What is the significance of the triumphal entry?

** I have owned and driven fancy cars. I enjoyed the luxuries and appreciated the technology. I understand this is not a P.C. Bible study, because many Christians own expensive cars. I'm not condemning anyone. Yet we must continue to consider our King's chosen lifestyle and even His method of travel: why He purposely avoided every example of wealth.

*** 'And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He Who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war' (Revelation 19:11).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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