Following Tough Directions

When our boss or parent or superior tells us to do something we can tend to argue or sometimes choose to do that thing in our own way.  Notice that Jesus gave His two disciples clear instructions in this part of our week’s Bible text (Mark 11:1-10):

[2] and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. [3] If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” [4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. [5] And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” [6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. Mark 11:2-6

They didn’t argue.  They just followed directions.  We spend much energy arguing.  We often think we know best even when we get directions from God and His Word.  What if we spent that energy doing what Holy God instructs?

They didn’t deviate.  They just followed directions.  They were told what to do and what to say if it went badly.  They did just that.  Isn’t it funny how the Biblical record shows us that when we trust God at His Word that His Word proves trustable.  Deviation requires creativity that God doesn’t require.  Simple obedience…even when we must follow tough directions.

They didn’t shy away from a witness opportunity.  ‘The Lord has need of it’ they said.  What a simple yet profound witness.  It is exactly what Jesus told them to say.  

To argue and deviate is to not be faithful.  God is faithful to us and we have the opportunity (like these two disciples) to reciprocate.  To shy away is to not stand in our faith in the moment when God gives us an opportunity to share it.  These men got to be a part of something amazing…because they followed tough directions.  Do you have a set of tough directions in front of you?