What Jesus Did! 'Only God Decides' — Mark 10:39-40

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The sons answered, "Yes, we can!" Jesus said to the sons, "You will suffer the same things that I will suffer. And you will be baptized with the same baptism that I must have. But I cannot choose the person that will sit at my right or my left. There are some people that will have those places. Those places are prepared for them."
— Mark 10:39-40 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:39-40 NLT — "Yes, we can!"

Key Thought

God the Father holds some things in his hands alone. The Son, in his earthly ministry, will not decide the importance or place of his followers before their lives are done. Only God will. The point from this seems to be that we are not to live for the place of honor, but for the person of honor—Jesus, the Son of God.

Today's Prayer

God, calm my restless and selfish spirit of striving. To be loved, honored, and welcomed by you and to know that you will dry every tear from my eyes and give me a home with you are far more than I can rightfully ask. Calm me, O Lord, and help me trust that your place for me will be far more glorious than I have a right to expect because your grace is more than sufficient for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 25:31-40
  • Mark 13:32
  • Hebrews 6:10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.