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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

Today’s Verse:

Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. ~Luke 19:30-31


Do you like being in the driver’s seat? By this, I mean: do you enjoy being in control? Do you have a difficult time giving up control? Are you someone who has a hard time following others? Then, perhaps, today’s devotion will be of value to you. The devotion this morning centers on who is in the driver’s seat of your life.

We see the disciples at a crossroad.

A crossroads is a place where two paths meet. As a traveler, you must choose the right one. In our passage, Jesus has passed through Jericho where a man named Zacchaeus was converted. There were some who witnessed this man’s conversion and who were displeased that Jesus took time to minister to him. Now, they were between two cities, Bethphage and Bethany, specifically at the Mount of Olives, a crossroad of prominence in Scripture. This morning, you may be at a critical crossroads needing to make a decision about your relationship to the Lord.

We see a direct command.

Jesus told two of the disciples to go into the village and there they would “find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.” Jesus commanded them to bring back a young donkey that had never been ridden before. No man had ever occupied the seat of this donkey. In a similar fashion, the Lord is looking for hearts whereon never a man sat. He is looking for people of all ages who will allow Him to sit on the throne of their heart and allow Him to be in control. And by the way: this was a colt that He requested. The younger we are, the more important it is that Jesus is given the throne of our heart.

We see a divine cause.

He told them that if any man asked why they were loosing the colt, they were to tell them, “Because the Lord hath need of him.” Sometimes, we ask too many questions or have too many excuses. The very simple reason for the request is that “the Lord hath need of him.” The Lord needs you to be close to Him. The Lord needs you to obey Him. The Lord needs you to serve Him. The Lord needs you for a specific task. Herein is the profound answer for a divine request: the Lord hath need of you!

We see a devoted compliance.

The disciples did as they were commanded. They found the colt, loosed him, answered the question why they were doing this, and brought the colt back to Jesus. The Christian life is summed up in two words: trust and obey. Faith requires obedience. They did what they were requested to do.

We see a decided commitment.

As soon as the colt was brought to Jesus, the disciples and others cast their coats on the back of it and set Him on top of it. Jesus would make His entry on the back of this colt into the city. The key thought is that Jesus was in the driver’s seat. He sat on the back of a colt that had never been used and rode it into the city. He directed this colt. He sat alone on its back and did not share the seat with anyone else. Commitment is when we allow Jesus to sit on the throne of our heart and have full control of its decisions, direction, and devotion.

Who is in the driver’s seat in your life? Who is sitting on the throne of your heart that only Jesus should have? Are you at a crossroads where this is your decision? Do you see yourself as someone the Lord needs?

Have a surrendered God Morning!

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