Wednesday Word 10.25.2017

Matthew 20:20-28 New International Version

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, 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 by my Father.24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Have you ever dealt with someone who thinks they are special?  For example, do you known someone who is a name dropper?  Working with the public, that is a particular pet peeve of mine.  On occasion, folks will come to our office in need of something and think that if they inform us of their close personal relationship with this or that official, they will get preferential treatment.  Sets my teeth on edge!  It is actually insulting to my integrity, as though I would only assist those who were “connected.”  In fact, I take the greatest pleasure in helping people who have had no experience of local government at all!

Mrs. Zebedee wanted to make sure her sons were elevated to positions of honor.  Their dad must have been one successful fisherman in their town!  Ambition is a trait that has to be linked to our innate drive to survive.  Not everyone has that enhanced inner push to succeed.  Sounds like the mother of James and John must have had that “push” gene.  She was definitely of the opinion that her boys were special.

Jesus came to teach us that we are all special in God’s eyes.  Humility is such a difficult concept for us to implement.  We are trained to compete and stand out from our very first steps.  It is not prominence or influential position that determines our place in Heaven.  Only God knows our place.  It is not our worldly successes but our obedience to God that ultimately matters.  How do we obey?  Jesus says we are to serve.  He was willing to serve us with his very life.  How will you serve your Savior?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki