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A Favour Please

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by Dusty, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. A Favour Please

    A Favour Please

    Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. They
    said, "Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us."
    Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" The sons
    answered, "You will have glory {in your kingdom}. Let one of
    us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your left."

    -- Mark 10:35-37 (ERV)

    Sometimes the Scriptures are just too honest. I'm being a little
    sarcastic ... but just a little. The people we see, even those that are
    potentially our heroes, are so much like us. Their feet of clay help
    make the grace of Jesus real and accessible. Jesus' closest followers
    reveal that they don't really understand what he has just said to them
    and what his life, ministry, and purpose are supposed to be. They've
    told Jesus a few verses earlier what they gave up to follow him. They
    seem to ignore what he has just told them in the previous verse that he
    will pay a horrible price for them. They can only think of glory. So
    while they courageously overcome their fear and dread to follow him to
    Jerusalem, they also have a great desire to get the big pay off from
    their association with him. Of course, the real question is whether or
    not they follow him just because he is Lord and worthy of their
    allegiance. But then, their lack of understanding and their greed
    become the opportunity for us to ask ourselves the same question. Will
    we follow Jesus even if the costs are high and the appearances suggest
    that there is no earthly pay off? Hmm? Ouch! God help me.

    O glorious Father, please forgive my selfishness. I confess that I want
    to be treated favorably and be blessed for following you. Please give
    me the courage to follow no matter the cost in this life as I reach in
    faith for what is life indeed! In Jesus' name. Amen.


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