READ : Mark 10:35-45
James and John are men of ambition. They are concerned with first-place and rank. They come to Jesus, saying, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
These brothers, sons of Zebedee, have yet to learn that Christian discipleship means service and humility, not ambition and conquest. They still do not understand that the Kingdom of God is an upside-down world where the first are last and the last, first.
And look at their opening request: “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” How many of our prayers start out like that? “Lord, I want you to do this or that for me.” The Bible encourages us to bring our petitions to God, but let us remember that the disciple is supposed to be used by the master, and not the other way around.
James and John expect Jesus to fit into their plans, but the whole idea of discipleship is that we are to fit into his plans. “Do for me whatever I ask of you” is God’s request of us, not the other way around.
Lord, what do you want me to do for you? Amen.