Have you ever listened as a friend or family member shared their struggles but secretly wished they would quickly finish so you can share the horrors of your day? Or perhaps they shared exciting news about an engagement or new gadget they received but it in the back of your mind you were wondering when was it going to be your turn.
It’s amazing how selfish we are at times. There are times I can hear Joyce Meyer’s quote of what about me, what about me reverberating in my thoughts.
Reading Mark 10:32-37, I was reminded just how one tracked-minded we can be. Here Jesus was explaining to his disciples what was in store for him in the days ahead-betrayal, mockery, imprisonment, DEATH and resurrection.
But what was on the mind of James and John, the sons of Zebedee?
“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.”
Mark 10:37b (NLT)
Two things—PROMOTION and POSITION. No questions about Jesus’ upcoming trials or no gasping in amazement or horror. Instead they wanted to secure a place of prestige for themselves when Jesus made his way to the throne.
Now it is easy to cast a look of disgust at these two fame-hungry disciples. But how often do we hear of the tragedies, sufferings, and injustices of others, only to turn a deaf ear and blinded eye all the while we seek more for ourselves?