Feb 8 2014
James and John asked for the best positions. Jesus said they were reserved for those with the right heart and right call – Mark 10:35-45
James and John asked Jesus if they could sit on his right and left in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus responded by asking them if they could drink the cup he had to drink. This was the cup of a suffering servant. John and James said they could. But Jesus went on to explain that being willing to drink this cup was not the only criteria required. These positions were reserved for those the Father had called. So Jesus outlines two requirements for disciple promotion: character and calling.
Now the other ten disciples were upset when they heard about James and John’s request. They evidentially wanted the top positions for themselves. So with anger and disunity in the air, Jesus called the group together and told them that whoever wanted to be the greatest needed to be the servant of all. More