Borrowed

Have you ever stopped to think about just how many things Jesus borrowed during His human existence? A review of the Gospels shows us that nearly everything in His life was borrowed. Now He seeks to borrow something very important. He seeks to borrow you and me. Please read more…..

The message I am sharing here has been written about and preached on many times. Without a doubt, Jesus was a borrower. Today I wanted to add my musings on this thought provoking topic.

Jesus began His life here on earth in a borrowed manger inside of a borrowed stall. Joseph and Mary were traveling for the census at the time of Jesus’ birth. It’s conceivable that they might have had to borrow swaddling clothes for their new born son. (Luke 2:7).

Immediately after His birth, in order to avoid being killed at the hands of King Herod, Jesus’ parents had to borrow the land of Egypt to provide a safe place to raise their child (Matthew 2:13-15).

After beginning His public ministry, Jesus traveled throughout the countryside. Everywhere Jesus went He was forced to borrow a place to sleep (Matthew 8:20).

Jesus borrowed Simon Peter’s boat and asked him to take Him a short distance off shore so that He could sit in the boat and teach the crowds (Luke 5:3). At yet another time, Jesus borrowed a boat to avoid being crushed by the crowds (Mark 3:9).

Jesus borrowed a coin, found in a fish, to pay His and Peter’s temple tax (Matthew 17:27).

Jesus borrowed five Barley loaves and two fish from a young boy to feed thousands (John 6:9).

As Jesus’ ministry on earth was coming to a close, He borrowed a colt to ride into Jerusalem (John 12:14). He borrowed a room for the last supper (Luke 22:10-11). He was crucified on a borrowed cross. He was buried in a borrowed grave (Matthew 27:33-61), and after rising from the dead, He appeared to His disciples in the borrowed Upper Room (Luke 24:36-49).

Jesus now sits at the right hand of His Father, but His work here on earth is not over. Jesus still has more He wants to borrow. He wants to borrow our hands to care for the poor and downtrodden. He wants to borrow our feet to travel to see those who are sick or in prison. He wants to borrow our ears to listen to a friend in need or an elderly person who lives alone and just needs someone to talk to. He wants to borrow our lips to proclaim His good news. He wants to borrow our bodies to be His temple on earth. He wants to borrow our hearts to bring us joy. He wants to borrow our minds to bring us peace and comfort. To sum this all up, Jesus wants nothing less than to borrow our lives.

Now it is time for us to make a decision. Will we say yes and answer His call, or will we instead tell Him there is no room in our inn?

Heavenly Father, I am yours. Use me to do you will. Amen!

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Brian Pusateri

Brian Pusateri

Brian is a Christian author and speaker. Brian, a lifelong Catholic, felt his life was forever changed when God spoke to his heart while attending an eight day silent Christian retreat in November of 2011. Soon after that retreat Brian founded 4th Day Letters and Broken Door Ministries. With the God inspired message of mercy and unconditional love that was placed on his heart during that retreat, Brian has been impacting others all over the country and around the world with his weekly letters, his talks, and his all day Christian retreats. Brian’s life was again impacted in a very dramatic way when his eyesight suddenly became permanently impaired due to a diagnosis of Multiple Scleroses (MS) in June of 2014. This health challenge has only served to draw Brian closer to God and bolster the importance of this timely yet ageless message.
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8 Comments

  1. Joe Galloway on January 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Ears! He wants to borrow our ears to listen – listen to Him, and listen to others, and so evangelize by listening.
    Also, can I borrow your camping gear??

  2. Jim Nolan on January 16, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Beautifully said. Powerful thoughts!

  3. Bob Davis on January 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Brian,

    Beautiful thoughts! thank you!

    I would add that since He is the Lord and Creator of all people and things, then we should already consider everything we are, and everything we have, as His. “Through His goodness we have these gifts to offer” back to Him. We should do no less than try in all the ways you mentioned above.

    May God continue to bless you and so many through your ministry!

    Bob

  4. Wendy on January 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Brian,
    A different way of thinking about Jesus. Thank you! Much prayer, thought and effort goes into these letters, esp. all the scripture references. May you continue to be open to being borrowed.
    A sister in Christ
    Wendy

  5. Dr Paul Cates on January 16, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Excellent analogies.
    Appreciate your insights and sharing

    A brother in Christ
    Paul

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 am

      Dr. Paul

      Thanks for posting. I appreciate your kind comments.

      May God’s blessings be upon you.

      Brian

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