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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with the two brothers.
— Matthew 20:24 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 20:24 NLT — The other ten followers heard this. They became angry with the two brothers.

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 wanted. The other disciples are angry and jealous of the position that the two brothers were 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. Our job as his followers is to be ready for him when he returns by living as a servant for others while he is gone.

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 instead of 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 3:13-18
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  • Matthew 7:3-5


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.