Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many .” [Mark 10: 35-45]
· If only they could be important.· If only they could have a position of power.· If only they could have a specially talent.
Jesus taught the disciples that it isn’t who you are, or how powerful you are. It’s how open you are to servant hood. IN FACT, God deliberately doesn’t choose the powerful to do His will. What type of people does Jesus want? People He can count on to be there. Just Look at some of the people that God did choose and used:
- ü Moses: He stuttered.
- ü David: His armor did not fit.
- ü Hosea: His wife was a prostitute.
- ü Jacob: He was a liar.
- ü David: Had an affair with a married women.
- ü Solomon: Was too rich.
- ü Abraham: Was too old.
- ü David: Was too young.
- ü Timothy: He had ulcers.
- ü Peter: He was afraid of death.
- ü John: was self-righteous.
- ü Naomi: was a widow.
- ü John Mark: He was rejected by Paul
- ü Paul: was the same as a hired gun, to help round up Christains.
- ü Jonah: ran from God.
- ü Miriam: was a gossip
- ü Thomas: doubted.
- ü Jeremiah: was depressed and suicidal.
- ü Elijah: was burned out.
- ü Martha: was a worrywart.
- ü Samson: had long hair.