Children do not mind being “used” to do just about anything. We know that, and we make use of them.
“Can you bring my jacket over here?” “Go take this to the kitchen.” “Tell your Dad that I’m ready.” Whatever the command might be, they do not feel offended by being asked to do this or that. (They might not be very willing at times, but not because the request is too petty or an insult to their status).
Not so with an adult. It would be very difficult for me to ask a friend to bring me a book when I am just seated comfortably, waiting for it. I would not send my boss to run errands for me; that would be quite inappropriate. I would do those things myself.
But God needs people who will do His errands. Jesus said that He did what His Father sent Him to do, and instructed us to do the same. God wants to use us for His work. He wants people who can take his messages to others. People who can be sent here and there.
Sometimes the jobs might look insignificant – not the “important” kind of noticeable things that get us attention or praise.
Jesus needed a donkey when he was preparing to ride into Jerusalem just a few days before His crucifixion. When the crowds were shouting praises and putting down blankets for the donkey to walk on, I assume that the donkey was smart enough to know that all the fuss was not about him. He was just being USED. He was just doing a job.
Can I be that child-like person – that donkey — or am I too proud to be used for another’s glory?