When a couple of the disciples ask Jesus for a special favor, Jesus reminds them that tough times lie ahead. “Rather than focusing on who gets to sit next to me,” Jesus seems to say, “be concerned about the difficulties of proclaiming God’s unconditional love.” Jesus goes on to remind them that he is trying to lead in a way that differs from the rest of the world, as a servant. And he calls the disciples to live the same way.
Ponder a time when you have wanted to be served, and imagine yourself serving instead. What does that feel like?
(Seasons of the Spirit™ Wood Lake Publishing)