“Whosever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” Mark 10:43,44
Jesus had just shared the final prediction of his suffering and death with his beloved disciples. Instead of focusing on his coming suffering, they began debating over their own greatness. James and John went so far as to request the honor of sitting on the left and right side of Him in his Kingdom. Jesus, disappointed with their selfishness, asked if they were willing and able to suffer with him. Confidently, they responded, “we can”. James did suffer a martyr’s death and John banished to Patmos. This position of honor is not for Jesus to give, but is prepared for all the faithful.
Greatness is not a handout, but rather found in the selfless heart of a servant.
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you. Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2,3