Jeremiah 18:18-20 ● Matthew 20:17-28
The mother of the Zebedee brothers said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom.”
Jesus responded, “That’s not my business. My Father is taking care of that.”
When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads.
It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served.
These apostles were some of Jesus’ best friends. They traveled all over Palestine with him, and heard him teach more than anyone else did. Yet they still acted like kids sometimes, maneuvering to be the “favorites,” or whining and complaining and arguing with each other. Thankfully, Jesus never gave up on them. Neither does he give up on us when we are less than Christ-like.
What can you do to be of service to someone today even though you would prefer to be served?
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