When reading this passage from Mark, one can almost hear James and John scream “dibs” as they ask Jesus for a favor. Additionally, we wonder if the reaction from the disciples (greatly displeased) was from the selfish nature of the request or if they were irritated because James and John beat them at calling dibs themselves. As sinful human beings, we find it natural to want to sit in the best seats in the house; we want to ride shotgun on the way to the beach, or we want the best table at the banquet just because we happen to know someone. Jesus spoke often about serving rather than being served, yet in our society this seems to fall on deaf ears. We as self-centered, self-serving creatures are repulsed by the notion of being subservient to anyone. Our culture screams “me first” in all avenues of advertising and tells us to think of ourselves before others. This is why Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:19, For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. God himself is telling us, whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. (v.44)
Prayer: Lord, help us this day to learn from the example Jesus set and serve you and others in all things. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King,
Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.