The Request for a Shortcut!

Mark 10:35-45, The Message

Have you tried a shortcut?  Maybe in traveling and you got lost?  Or maybe a shortcut in your studying and your grade showed it?  Or even maybe a shortcut in your spiritual life and it led to suffering?

James and John are requesting from Jesus a shortcut into heaven.  Now before we become outraged with their request, think about those times when we asked for a shortcut instead of enduring suffering.  Let’s be real, suffering is too difficult, the shortcut always sounds easier.  There are no shortcuts or places of honor when following Jesus.  Listen for how Jesus responds with a heart of generosity in the narrative.

Ordinary people request things!
James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came up to him.  “Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us.”  “What is it?  I’ll see what I can do.”  “Arrange it,” they said, “so that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your glory—one of us at your right, the other at your left.”   Mark 10:35-37

Our selfishness is met with Jesus’s sacrificial love!
Jesus said, “You have no idea what you’re asking.  Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I’m about to be plunged into?”  “Sure,” they said.  “Why not?”  Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism.  But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business.  There are other arrangements for that.”   Mark 10:38-40

Jesus’s cross comes before His crown!
 “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 to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.”   Mark 10:43-45

Today, meet Jesus.  Bring yourself to him in all of your selfish desires and requests.  Let his love overwhelm your life.  And no longer seek to be served, but look to serve others.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Generosity is grounded in God’s grace!”

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