Today's verses are Mark 11:4-6: "And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, 'What are you doing, untying the colt?' And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go." Jesus had just entered Jerusalem. He was preparing for his "triumphal entry." He told several disciples to go to a specific location where they would find a young colt, one on which no one had ever ridden. There were to untie it and bring it to him. If someone asked what they were doing, they were to tell them that Jesus needed it and it would be permitted.
That's exactly what happened. The disciples did exactly what Jesus said to do. They went into the city. They found the young colt exactly as Jesus had said. They started to untie it and bring it to Jesus. Someone asked what they were doing. They responded exactly as Jesus told them to respond. They were then given permission to take the young colt to Jesus.
What would happen in the world, in our cities, in our relationships, in our families, in our work places, if every follower of Jesus did exactly what he told us to do? What if every Christian obeyed Jesus commands in every area of our lives with specificity? What would happen if every Christian disciple didn't veer to the left or the right but had as our greatest priority obeying Jesus' every word? Isn't the world hungering to see Christians do exactly what our teacher tells us to do in every area of life?
If this happened, I think our world would be different. Our cities would be different. Our relationships, families and work places would all dramatically change.
Are we closely listening to all that Jesus tells us to do? Doesn't a pupil have as her/her highest desire to obey the instructions of the teacher? As we enter our "Jerusalem" today, are we certain we know what we need to do in every circumstance? Do we have in our minds every detail of the Master's heart? Will we do exactly what he says to us, no matter what the cost?
If not, why not?