James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and asked Him for a favor. They said, "Let one of us sit at your right hand and the other on your left in your kingdom. Jesus surprised them with His answer. "Those places are not mine to give," He said. "Rulers of this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But it will be different with you. Whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve" (Mark 10:35-45).
Think About It
Leaders in our world seek power and authority, wealth and influence--a lot like Jesus described in the verses above. Greatness in the Kingdom of God is defined by how well we serve and how much we help others. Jesus set the example by healing the sick, taking time to talk with people and encourage them, teaching them to trust God and live holy lives. We can choose work that serves others, like doctors, teachers and lawyers. We can show hospitality in our homes. We can offer a helping hand to those in need.
Pray About It
Heavenly Father, teach us to be more like Jesus--to love as He loves, to show compassion and mercy as He does, to be forgiving when we get hurt. O Lord, we cannot do this on our own free will. Please help us! In Jesus' name, Amen.