Posted: Saturday, March 3
Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54
Verse of the day:
“So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 NLT)
In today’s text, James and John ask impertinently to be given the two highest positions in the soon coming Kingdom of God. They left everything behind to follow Jesus and were expecting something in return. For them, a life of power and ease was the only appropriate reward for a servant of God.
Although we may find ourselves shaking our heads at the audacity of James and John, we can truly identify with them. We tend to find it so easy to expect a reward or accolades every time we do God’s will. We tend to forget that Jesus' entire ministry had to do with serving, with giving himself away for the sake of others. Doing the will of God will not a guarantee us a life of ease and special treatment. Yet, it gives us an opportunity to live a life of purpose and significance.
Today we’re reminded that doing God’s will demands service, sacrifice, generosity, and the willingness to go out of the way for the sake of others. That’s exactly what Jesus did, and He is calling us to live like Him. So, we have a choice to make. Do we want to live like James and John or like Jesus?