What Jesus Did! 'No Better than the Worst' — Matthew 20:24

Thursday, September 23, 2021

When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked [about places of power in the Kingdom], they were indignant.
— Matthew 20:24 NLT

Key Thought

Isn't it amazing that we can get so angry at others for the same sin that is tripping us up! James and John and their mother are asking for what all the apostles want. The other disciples are angry and jealous of the position that the two brothers are aspiring to fill.

Jesus' example is so different. He is serving and will ultimately give up his life to build his Kingdom. Here his disciples are fighting to see who can have a position of power. Jesus' point is that there is no one with power but God alone and those to whom he gives it (Matthew 20:23). Our job as his followers is to live as servants for others while he is gone so we will be ready for him when he returns.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me when I am arrogant or detached from those you have sent me to serve. Please help me to be more aware of those around me who need your grace and help me not to be looking over my shoulder to see if anyone is watching. Please use the works of my hands and heart and life to your glory. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  • Matthew 7:3-5


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Illustration of Matthew 20:24 NLT — When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked [about places of power in the Kingdom], they were indignant.

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 and is available in book form.

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