Mark Has Some Good News, Part 44, Free Labor And Costly Lifestyle
The Request of James and John
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." 36 And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" 37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." 38 Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" 39 And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
I'd like to take a good, hard, long realistic look and what Jesus meant here by asking for those who would lead to be servants
Servants work for a master:
Jesus points this out for the sons of thunder by telling them not only who sent him but who he serves the father
Servants don't decide what they're to do, they are asked or told what to do:
Not only does Jesus speak of his service to his father will but illustrates that in forcing the leadership question back into servant-hood when the disciples start to grumble.
Servants do what they have to:
Jesus knew he would be arrested and killed and that cup and baptism we're not things these two brother would follow through with. They all fled Jesus didn't
Servants do not assume respect personally:
Jesus points this out by the contrast in the gentile leadership.
Servants do not ask for their position:
No one asks to be a servant like you would ask for a promotion. You can be told you're one and you can act like one but no one asks if they can be your servant unless they are already serving.
Servants can be great at what they do but not great because of what they do:
Humble living does not lend it self to humble leadership. Servants can be great servers but this is not a proof of leadership because it replaces Jesus service with our own.
Servants put the needs of the master first:
You can serve unless you admit and submit to a master this is why no one could ever earn their way to heaven with good works because tier like of even a working relationship with God would make them self righteous and make Jesus die on a cross for nothing.
That's what I get from this dialogue about servants and leadership what do you?