Mark 10:42–45 (NIV): Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
James and John pull Jesus to the side and ask something of him out of earshot of the others. (Yet, the others catch wind of it.) They want to be seated on Jesus’s right and left hand in his kingdom. They want power. They want the position of influence. They want to be seen with power.
All we do in the white conservative American church is desire to be seen with power, have power, and gripe about our perceived loss of power and influence.
We need a return to the way of the Kingdom. A way that says, “Not so with us.”
The way of servanthood. The way of giving all for the service of others. The way of making a way for others to rise up.
Oh! To quit griping about the ways things have changed and how it effects my comfortable life!
Oh! To simply call out to the Lord for mercy and spend the rest of my life simply making a way for others to flourish!