What Jesus Did! 'Petty Partners' — Mark 10:41

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with James and John.
— Mark 10:41 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:41 NLT — The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with James and John.

Key Thought

Lest we think that James and John were selfish in their requests, we need to realize they were not alone. Envy and greed, the need for attention and honor, are beastly stumbling blocks to our humility and courage as followers of Jesus. Yes, we can be sickened and disheartened by self-avowed followers of Jesus who are jockeying for attention, prominence, and importance, but we also should see in them our own warning—we will all find ourselves there but for the grace of God.

Today's Prayer

Humble me gently, O Father in heaven. Lead me to follow you with honor, integrity, courage, and faithfulness and to trust you for the outcome. In Jesus name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 3:12
  • Titus 3:1-2
  • Psalm 69:32


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.

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