[Jesus said] “Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.” Mark 10:43,44 (The Message Bible)
In Mark 10, two of the disciples, James and John, are asking Jesus to do them a big favor: “Let one of us sit at your right hand in your glorious kingdom. Let the other one sit at your left hand. This statement makes me wonder, “When they get to heaven, will they argue over which one of them gets the right and which one settles for the left?”
All humans want to position themselves for what will give them the best advantage in a particular situation. I remember one such time when I was in a hurry (as told in my book, “Incidents from the Church Office), in which I stepped in front of a man in line to buy a 50/50 ticket for a chance to win a couple of hundred bucks, and that guy’s ticket won!
What might have been the outcome of James and John if Jesus had figured out a way to seat the guys on the right and left side of him in heaven? But Jesus’ blew the wind out of their request by his answer in verse forty: “But it is not for me to say who will sit at my right or left hand. These places belong to those they are prepared for.” Once again, God trumps all our requests!
Dear Lord, help me with all the greediness in my life! Amen.