Sermon for Sunday


April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

When I Get Home to Heaven. . . .

(Adapted from Max Lucado, And the Angels were Silent)

Psalm 50: 7-12

Romans 12: 1-8

Mark 11: 1-11

  • When I get home to heaven . . . .
    • I want to see Jesus first –
      • Charles Gabriel has said it best –

When all my labors and trials are o’er,

And I am safe on that beautiful shore,

Just to be near the dear Lord I adore

Will through the ages be glory for me!

When by the gift of His infinite grace,

I am accorded in heaven a place,

Just to be there and to look on His face

Will through the ages be glory for me!

Friends will be there I have loved long ago;

Joy like a river around me will flow;

Yet, just a smile from my Savior,

I know,

Will through the ages be glory for me!

O that will be glory for me,

Glory for me,

Glory for me;

When by His grace I shall look on His face,

That will be glory,

Be glory for me.

  • But after I see Jesus – nothing else may matter after I’ve seen Jesus – BUT. . . .
    • I want to see Adam: For a lousy piece of fruit! Really?
    • Then I want to see Paul: What do you mean we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood?
    • I want to see Balaam: What’s up with the talking donkey that you missed?
    • And then, like Max Lucado, I want to meet the guy who owned the donkey in this story from Mark 11:

(It says colt but the original language said “donkey” or its old English equivalent.)

  • I have questions:
    • Did you know these guys?
    • If you did, did you know them well enough to let them take your means for making a living?
    • How is it that all they had to say was “The Lord has need of it.”
    • Did you know who its Lord was?
    • Was it easy to give when you heard the men say, “It’s Lord has need of it?”
    • Did you watch as they led her away?
    • What was it like after she was returned?
    • Was she returned?
    • If she wasn’t, was it still OK with you?
    • Did you have any idea that your giving would be used for such a noble purpose?

  • I have questions because I need the answers! Like this man, Jesus asks me, sometimes, to use the people, places and things in my life. And sometimes, it’s hard to let them go!
    • Sometimes I’m selfish and I don’t want to give
    • Sometimes I’m aware of God’s asking but don’t know for sure what He’s asking
    • And still other times I hear and understand and obey as I realize that God is using something of mine to move His Son farther down the road, into another town, another street, another home, another heart!
    • Still other times I wonder if the little things I offer make any difference at all

  • Maybe you have questions, too. All of us have a donkey. We all have something in our lives, which, if given back to God, could, like this donkey, move Jesus and His love a little farther down the road.

  • Whatever you have that the Lord is asking you to give, always remember, that it already belongs to Him.

  • Whatever you have, it really does belong to the Lord. All you possess, from your home to your furniture to your clothes to your car to your lawnmower to your hair brush to your food, and yes, even those you love, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers – even the ones you don’t like – it all, and they all – belong to the Lord.

  • Paul says in Romans 12: 6, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them. . . .” When the Lord says, “I have need of it.”

  • Can you imagine, Palm Sunday every day!  Can you imagine that when the Lord says, “I have need of. . . .” and we respond, without questioning, how that would change the world! Each and every day when someone responds by giving the Lord what He has asked for we can hear those words ring out over and over, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. . . Hosanna in the highest!”

  • And just imagine that He comes riding in your car, on your bike, being pulled in your wagon, your boat, your plane, any mode of transportation He requires, He’s uses yours!

  • Imagine what it would be like for Him to use your voice, your talents, your money, your home to share His love in a place that has never received it!

  • Just imagine what it would feel like if Jesus actually asked you to let Him have your loved one to bring Him glory in your church, your community, this country, or even the world. To serve Him in the church, at school, in politics, or even as a missionary!

  • Read from Max Lucado, And the Angels Were Silent, page 54 -56, highlighted text.

  • You say you don’t have much to give. That’s alright. God can use the smallest seed to generate a great harvest. He can use the simplest words and phrases to enter a person’s heart. He can use whatever you have because it’s His anyway, “It’s Lord has need of it.”

  • We are His hands, His feet, His mouth. We are the ones He chooses to use, and the things we have, from the smallest and simplest of things to the largest and most expensive things, to change His world.

  • Do you think that two thousand years from now what you give when He asks will have made much of a difference? We have no way of knowing.
    •  The guy with the donkey didn’t know.
    • Samson didn’t.
    • Rahab didn’t.
    • Moses didn’t.
    • The shoe salesman didn’t.
    • And we don’t either. But we can never underestimate what God can do with a willing and giving heart.

What will you do when the Lord says,

“I have need of. . . .”

Will you give quietly and confidently?

Will you give moaning and groaning?

Will you refuse to give?

Will you give halfheartedly?

Will you give in astonishment that the Lord will use what you have?

God uses the small and seemingly simple things,

Like a small donkey,

Not chariots and mighty steeds,

To move farther down the road.

He doesn’t always need

The strongest, the fastest,

The smartest, the prettiest,

The tallest, the most talented.

He uses what belongs to Him,

Given by gracious receivers,

Who become gracious givers,

Who become excited watchers,

As He moves into a new home,

A new heart, a new city,

A new country

Because they gave.

When I get to heaven,

I won’t have any questions,

They will all be answered,

Or they won’t matter.

I will see next to David’s sling,

Rahab’s rope, Samson’s jawbone,

Moses’ staff, A pair of shoes,

A worn Bible,

Whatever it was that I gave,

When my Lord said,

I have need of. . . “

                   Pastor Art























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