Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Mark 11:8
Jesus came into the city riding on the colt of a donkey. As He was riding in, many people began to take off their cloaks and lay them down on the road in front of Him. Others would lay down branches in the path for His donkey to walk upon.
Around the world many different leaders of nations will have a special carpet rolled out for them as they walk up. Others will have a large parade of people in front of them as they travel down a street. These things are done to announce the arrival of someone important and to show submission to that leader. They are giving the leader the highest honor and position in their land.
The cloaks that they people were laying on the ground before Jesus were their protection at night. It provided warmth and cover, both day and night. Taking off those cloaks also exposed the people to everyone. It was one of humility and reverence.
Today people do not have Jesus physically riding into town to see them. There is no physical road for Jesus to ride on to lay something physically down upon. Yet, people need to be willing to lay something down for Him as He rides into their lives.
Believers can lay down their own accomplishments, pride, jobs, and material goods on the road before Jesus as He walks into their life. People carry a lot of things that they hold onto for their own protection and pride. Allowing Jesus to ride upon them, allows Him to be the supreme leader.
Jesus is worthy of anything you can lay before Him and much more. Take a look at your life and see what you are holding on to. Some of those things you are holding on to for your own protection are not worth much in light of eternity and the salvation of your soul. Lay those things down before Jesus.
Ultimately lay down your life before Him as He comes in. Make the path smooth for Him to come into your life. As you do that, He will give back to you so much more than you can imagine. You will gain eternal life.
How are you honoring God with your life today?
What do you need to lay down?
I pray today that you will see Jesus entering your life; that you will lay down your possession before Jesus; that you will honor Jesus with your life; and that you will allow Jesus to be king of your life.