James and John, the sons of Zebedee, ask to be seated at the left and right of Jesus in his glory. Jesus tells them they don’t know what they’re asking and he can’t grant what they ask. But the other disciples get angry because they all want to be the greatest. Jesus tries to placate them, saying they’ve got it all wrong, that to be great is to serve.
There is a danger because it is one thing to serve out of strength – because you choose to – and another to serve out of weakness because it’s your only option. So let’s think about this, what do you do for other people from a position of strength?
We often think of a “position of strength” as having money, but sometimes it is gifts we have that others don’t have. If you’re an artist, how do you use your art to serve others? If you like to knit or crochet, do you make things for other people like prayer shawls or quilts?
When I mention “others,” I don’t mean your family members and friends but people in your community and around the world.