The day a donkey talked
by Clyne Buxton
May 16, 2014 | 383 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
How gratifying it is to discover there is something about us worthwhile to Christ. Whether we speak or write or sing or play an instrument or create things with our hands, God can use our talents if dedicated to Him.

All of us have something that could be useful to the Lord. We read in the Bible where even a donkey made a speech one time!

It had its weight too (Numbers 22:23-30). She certainly got the attention of a wayward prophet. But then, who wouldn’t listen when a donkey talks!

Then the Scriptures tell us about that little Jewish girl who gave a little speech to Naaman about God’s healing power.

Too, you will remember the youth who gave his lunch to feed thousands at one of Christ’s meetings. It was all he had to give, but the Lord used it, multiplying it greatly.

So when you think about it, God has not always required some big, earthshaking quality in people He has used. It seems what He mostly looks for is willingness to be used.

And that is where we enter the picture. All God wants from us is what He has given us, though it may seem meager. When we dedicate our abilities to Him, we may be surprised at what He will do through us.

All of us can be upright, dedicated followers. Phillip Brooks suggested:

Be such a man and live such a life,

That if every man were such as you.

And every life a life like yours,

This earth would be God’s Paradise.

Most people around us don’t know Christ. And the Lord doesn’t require a fancy speech. Just mention how great He is and what He has done for you. That’s a good testimony.

In fact, if we don’t show others the way, they may never find it — and their eternity without Christ would be dark indeed.

The Bible asks, “How can they believe in the one they have not heard? And how can they hear without . . . [someone telling] them” (Romans 10:14)?

The thought continues, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (v. 15).

People can still repent (Luke 13:3); they can still be born again (John 3:5); they can still believe on Christ (Acts 16:31), and they can still receive the Lord Jesus into their hearts (John 1:12).

Once converted, we all have new life and something to be used by Christ, though it has laid latent for years. In all of us there is some expectancy . . . some faith . . . some glimmer of hope.

A vase was found beside a mummy in an Egyptian tomb. The vase was sent to the British Museum where it was later accidently dropped and broken. A worker noticed in the bottom a few peas, wrinkled and as hard as pebbles.

As an experiment, he planted the peas which had probably been buried in the tomb for 3,000 years.

After about 30 days, green shoots appeared. The Egyptian peas had sprung to new life. Likewise, latent in the hearts of all of us is vibrant life waiting to burst forth upon our committing to Christ.

Joseph Alleine commented: “Conversion is no repairing of the old building, but it takes all down and erects a new structure.”

He went on, “The sincere Christian is quite a new fabric from the foundation to the topstone, all new.”

Jesus told us to tell others, for we are His hands extended on earth. Many benefits are accrued by our doing so.

As mentioned, we all have something God can use. However, we must develop our talent by practice, study, and applying ourselves. The donkey applied herself, and her work has gone down in God’s History Book!