A Man Carrying A Jar Of Water

“So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” Mark 14:13-14

What are we to understand from this curious story from Holy Week? It feels like a scene from a spy thriller. “You will meet a man wearing a pink carnation. Follow him.” One possible explanation is that Jesus was protecting his disciples by keeping the location of the Last Supper a secret from the Jewish leaders and even Judas. The disciples obeyed Jesus’ instructions and found everything as he said.

There is a fundraising application to this story. Often when we look at our donor portfolios, we don’t see many people of wealth. One major gift officer complained, “I would like to find a few donors that have more than two nickels to rub together!” The nugget in this gospel account is that the first man the disciples met wasn’t the owner of the house, he was the man who lead them to the donor who provided for their needs.

You may not have many major donors on your list, but perhaps you know people who can introduce you to high impact donors. Always ask, “Who do you know that might be interested in our project?” One time I asked this question and the donor said, “Our very best friends shared with us last week that they recently made $300,000 in the stock market.” I discovered that this “new” prospect was already a donor to our ministry. I visited this couple and they eventually gave a $75,000 gift!

Follow every prompting of the Holy Spirit!


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