When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked [about being given places of honor], they were indignant.
— Mark 10:41 NLT
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.
Humble me gently, O Father in heaven. Lead me to follow you with honor, integrity, courage, humility, mercy, 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 series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show 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.