24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Ambition is a human thing. From the day I started my first job I wanted to do well and I wanted the boss to like my work. When I presented a proposal to a Christian printing company and they accepted it without reservation, it felt good. As humans, we like being recognized for our work. So when the ten disciples heard that the mother of James and John asked for her sons to sit on the right and the left of Jesus in the new kingdom, they were put out, “greatly displeased.”
This was the time for Jesus to give a lesson on true greatness. Jesus often spoke in contrasts and here He does not disappoint. Imagine hearing this for the first time. Let me break it down in very simple terms: greatness comes from servant-hood – slavery; first in line comes from being last in line; greatness comes from serving and giving your life away. If you had never heard this before and your mother just asked for your greatness, what might you feel?
People have not changed; we still want recognition, position, better than average placement, and so on. Jesus gave the opposite instruction telling people of all time that true greatness, for He was truly great, comes from being the slave of others all the way to the death, if necessary. Who can you serve today? Who can you go out of the way to treat with undeserved kindness and honor? If you even give a cup of cold water in the Lord’s name, there is reward for you are serving the one you are giving the water to. Do you want to transform you home, your work environment, or your dorm room? You will transform your surroundings when you treat others better than yourself serving them for Christ’s sake because He so fully served you.
I am looking forward to Sunday as I will be back at Grace for Life bringing the morning message. The text will be from 1 John 5:11-21 if you would like to read ahead. This will be my last message before I leave on November 30th.
Elianna continues to improve. Her body is very weakened from six days of not moving and only getting nutrition through the I.V. She is talking now and was glad to see her siblings yesterday. They did determine that she has an allergy toward cat dander. A few months ago Hadessah got a cat but Shadow is an outdoor only cat, nonetheless, it seems Elianna reacted to that toxin. Keep praying with us for God’s to give strength to our little girl.
Have a great day in the Lord,