You gotta love a mom. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, loved Jesus–and He loved them. But, their mom approached Jesus and in “soccer mom” fashion, asked Jesus to make them number two and number three guys in His kingdom. She, like any mom, was so proud for her boys to be in Jesus troop–but, come on, they were Jim and Johnny–that means something…right?
Jesus, in the kindest way He could, tried to help mom understand what she was asking–they would not be elevated to a place of ease and honor–that simply was not where Jesus was heading. What’s more, Jesus was completing the mission set out by the Father–the One who called the shots. Finally, Being great, truly great–meant being completely selfless and focused upon the needs of those that they were leading.
In our lives, we are faced with the same call. It is a call to the back of the line. We are charged with a duty to choose each day to die to ourselves and lead by serving. Each thought, prayer and act should be in line with God’s leading. Our mission would simply be honoring His name. We can never lose sight of the goal–to be like Christ. As we are being sanctified, transformed into what He wants for our lives, we simply need to trust God’s provision and leadership. We need to seek Him out and get involved in what he is doing; rather than tell God what we see needs to be done. It is neither easy, nor is it popular. If we do follow Him–the Lord will lead us to a full and meaningful life on earth, and a great life for eternity with Him.
True servant leadership is not a hip corporate concept–no, it is God’s command for His people!
God Bless You
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.”