While listening to the Christian radio station K-Love, in every region, it is very possible to hear of events coming our way. From concerts, to plays, and other displays of purity in Christian life. Tickets for these form of events come in several packages; from meeting the stars of the show, to seats located in the highest sections. How often do we think about the best seats in order to be near the highlight of the show? It is quite possible that we have all been in the position where we are most eager to sit close enough to touch the main attraction…
James and John the sons of Zebedee tried to do just that. In speaking casually with Jesus, “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” -Mark 10:35-37
Think of staff meetings here…Sounds familiar, right?
Striving for our position in life can come with many struggles. The leader who pushes and steps on others, to be recognized, cannot hold infinite position. Yet, the one who understands the road of grace and sacrifice, can experience ultimate rewards. As we continue to read Mark 10: 38-44 it is quite apparent that Jesus cannot be controlled or manipulated.
So should you not do the same in appointed leadership roles. Serve God here and trust him to place you up There! Slow down and discern on your approaches toward those you lead. As the other disciples complained to Jesus about James and John’s behavior, He reminded them of this “The path to promotion and prominence comes by having the heart of a bond-slave (doulos-servant) who serves everyone-Mark 10:44. And, He continued by saying even as a leader I did not come to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone. How profound!
What type of leader do you strive to be? If you are unclear or new to this role, I urge you to follow Jesus as the clear guide, in showing you what sheer success really looks like.
Always lead with HIM!
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver