John Day 13: Growing Uppity

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Text:  Mark 10:35-45

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to see him.  “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” He asked.

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said.  “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for Me to grant.  These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Stop and Consider

  1. Being very honest, where are the most telling pockets of immaturity in your life?  In what areas does this “servant” and “slave” mentality have the hardest time getting through?   Honestly, driving.  I can’t stand it when people drive as if they own the road and put the lives of others at risk because they can’t get their lazy butts out of bed five minutes earlier.  That gets me bent out of shape quicker than anything.  That, and also when someone unfairly criticizes me, treats me like a second-class citizen, or treats me as if I were an idiot.  That will straighten my spine quicker than anything.   
  2. Thinking of some of the most mature believers you know, what is it that sets them apart?   Patience, graciousness, wisdom, humility, gentleness, soft-spokenness, kindness, always edifying others, empathetic, sympathetic, genuine, honest, possesses great integrity.

Praying God’s Word Today

Lord God, I know well what it’s like to be haughty in mind and spirit, to be known by You from afar (Ps. 138:6) when I could instead be living within the full experience of Your pleasure, adorned with Your salvation, celebrating and shouting for joy in Your presence (Ps. 149:4-5), enjoying all the benefits of nearness.  Because of Your name, Lord, forgive my sin, for it is great (Ps. 25:11).  Humble me that I may eat and be satisfied, seeking You, Lord, forever.  (Ps. 22:26).   

Let me do nothing through selfish ambition or conceit, but let me esteem others better than me.  Let me look out not only for my own interests, but for the interests of others.  Let me do all things without complaining and disputing, so that I may shine as a light in the world.  Help me to have compassion on others, to love them and be tenderhearted and courteous, not returning evil for evil, but blessing so that I might be blessed.

 

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