Mark 10:36-37, 41 “What is your request?” he asked. They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we (James and John) want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant.
Whether it be in a religious setting or private business, there is always some level of competition that arises. Some people think of it as being rather healthy, that it actually increases performance and achievement.
Even in Christian service, healthy competition may be good, but it may also create jealousy and false motivation about why we serve the Lord.
Such was the case with Jesus’ disciples. James and John wanted status, and they weren’t afraid to ask. Even then, it appeared to create a level of jealousy between the disciples.
One has to question, just as the other disciples, what was the motivation of James and John? We all know those personalities who want to aspire to leadership and greatness. For those, there must be a constant check of their motivation and whether it’s God’s direction or their own.
Ultimately, after all the competition between the disciples, we know that Peter was chosen to be the rock that Christ would build his church on.
Why did he ask Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep.” I think what Christ was doing was taking Peter beyond the competition and focusing him on the proper motivation that would take him through the end of his life.
Today, think hard about why you are motivated to perform in your ministry. Do you feel offended by others who you envy when you see their accomplishment?
You must focus your motivation on this one thing: I am a servant because I love the Lord. All that I do is because I love Christ…because He first loved me.
Blessings and Blessings.
Have a blessed day.