“Be Careful What You Ask For”
An old expression that I remember is, you bit off more than you can chew. In other words, you took on more than you could handle.
This is kind of what happens to James and John. Their mother asks if her two sons could have a higher position with Christ than the other disciples.
10. Jesus asks them if they can handle the position, they say they are. Well, Jesus doesn’t promise the position but promises the difficulties.
I always laugh when I see the other disciples were angry. I think I know why. they might be angry because they didn’t ask first.
Now I can’t be sure of that, but it seems like the human thing to do.
The Lord God doesn’t always use us as we think He might. Don’t be overwhelmed or proud to do whatever it is that He wants to be done.
Please read the following verses,
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21 “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.”
22 “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.
23 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.”
24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.
26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 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.”
Be Blest, Be a Blessing