Left Wanting


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A Turning Point                                       Mark 10:35-45

Left Wanting

Jesus Teaches about Serving Others
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”36 “What is your request?” he asked. 37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
 
38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”39 “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering.
 
40 But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
 

Focus

A simple request of a couple of followers of Jesus.  Followers who have given up everything.  They want something in return for their dedication and faithfulness.  They were left wanting.
 
Let’s not be too hard on them.  There are church members who want things in return for that they do for the church.  In my experience, mostly they want their way.
 
There are clergy who think if they are faithful and dedicated, they should get something in return – mostly a larger church.  For many years that is the way the appointment system worked.
 
Disciples are left wanting, church members are left wanting, clergy are left wanting.  Following Jesus is not a meritorious reward based system.
 
It is a turning from honor to humility, from success to sacrifice, from aggrandizement to giving.
 
In our endeavors to be rewarded and recognized for our faithfulness we may be left wanting.
 

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