“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom. You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink? We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20.20-28)
The term servant comes from a word meaning to “to attend or wait upon.” So this word does not simply mean to serve someone, but also means to wait upon their needs and care for them. Often times our service may be done on our terms and according to our schedule. However, Jesus’ service was on the Father’s time and schedule.
James and John’s mother requested from Jesus that her sons be lofty servants with influence and prestige. She no doubt misunderstood Jesus’ work and Kingdom. (vs 28) However, how often do we want our service to be of a high grade and lofty. We must admit that we generally do not want to “wash feet” or “carry a cross. “ And yet as Jesus states, “He came not to be served but to serve.” (Matt 20:28) Are we ready to serve like Jesus did; not like we desire? Are you a Jesus servant… or a self servant? May we serve like Jesus as we follow Him as Lord and Master.
~~ Andy Burns