How often do we long for power and authority? Not to be under it, but to have it. How often do we think, “If only I were in charge…”? How often do we think, “Man, I am glad I am not in charge of that …”? At one time or another we all have these kinds of thoughts. And the truth is that we sometimes crave power and at other times we are as happy as we can be when we have no responsibilities al all.
James and John ask Jesus if they could sit at His left and right in glory. But alas, Jesus tells them that these spots are already spoken for. The other ten, when they hear about this request, are naturally angry that James and John could even ask such a thing. But in reality most of them probably fluctuated between thinking ‘how could they ask for such a thing’ and ‘why didn’t I think of that’. Jesus gently redirects all of their focus (and ours): whoever wants to be great must become a servant, like a slave to all. What a 180 degree swing!
True leadership in the Jesus model is exhibited by being in humble service to those in our lives. It is making the choice to think of others before considering yourself. It is at times denying self in order to be able to help another. It is being willing to make a sacrifice in the name of the One who made the ultimate sacrifice. Jesu asked James and John if they could drink the cup He was going to drink. They said yes and they did, both giving their all and dying for Jesus, their King. He asks us the same question.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 35-45