Here’s a famous question: If you could be any animal, what kind of animal would you be?
Did you pick something strong, beautiful,or majestic? Or maybe something able to fly high or run far?
Well, if you were to ask the great theologian Karl Barth he would reply… I’d be an ass!
Referring to the story of Christ entering Jerusalem on the back of an ass, Barth found affinity with that donkey and said:
“If I have done anything in this life of mine, I have done it as a relative of the donkey that went its way carrying an important burden. The disciples had said to its owner: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ And so it seems to have pleased God to have used me at this time…”
Wanting to be used by God. Wanting to carry Christ and His message where he went. He wanted to be an ass. There is great humility in this statement. Nobody was looking at the donkey on that day. They were all looking at the One that was carried. Wouldn’t it be great if all our lives were more like that?