• Heidi J. Smith


They (the disciples) brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he (Jesus) sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:7-9 ESV

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What similarities do a colt, cloaks, and palm branches have? All were willingly given to Jesus for his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The villager offered his young colt. The crowd presented their cloaks, but others without garments cut down branches. People used what they had.

What possessions or talents can we offer Jesus?

Sometimes lies trick us, and we believe we have nothing to give.

When my bank account increases, then I will give.

When my problems diminish, then I would serve.

When my house sparkles from stylish home improvements, then I will invite people over for fellowship.

When my kids are older, then I will reach out.

But the truth is we are only guaranteed today, and we do have something to offer.

A wheelchair bound lady sent cards and faithfully prayed for people.

A man changed a flat tire for an elderly person.

Another person babysat for an exhausted mom.

A hairdresser styled a shut-in’s hair.

A church member faithfully weeded and planted flowers for the church.

Some families delivered food to the hungry.

Someone carefully listened to a hurting heart.

When my family returned from Africa, people blessed us. One family opened up their home, another gave furniture, and some friends gifted a van to us. All were appreciated and demonstrated God’s love to us.

No deed is too small, and God promises that the smallest cup of water given in his name will be rewarded (Matthew 10:42).

As Palm Sunday approaches and we focus on the triumphal entry of Jesus, may we use whatever we have for His glory.

***If you would like to share, please comment what lies you have believed.

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