May 1st, 2020

Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.

Read Mark 10: 35 - 45

This text begins with an amazing request. James and John say to Jesus, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Can you hear Jesus laughing before he responds to them? James and John then ask Jesus for positions of glory and power. However sometimes we may act the same way. We want Jesus to bless our life and enhance our current life instead of transform our life. I believe that churches often want Jesus to bless them and give them earthly success. Jesus does not want us to focus on this world and success or greatness in this world. Instead, Jesus calls us, and thus the church, to be servants in this world. Such a call is not always popular but could truly transform the world.


Please use the following questions for more reflection.

  • What do you think of the request of James and John? Do you think Jesus laughed at their question? Have you ever asked Jesus for something similar – maybe not verbally but in your mind?

  • How would you have responded to James and John if you were a disciple?

  • Are you a servant of Jesus, of your family, of others? Where do you need to be more of a servant?


Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.

Gracious Heavenly Father, I confess that I am more like James and John than I care to admit. I want you to do things for me and quite frankly I want you to serve me. God, where my focus is out of balance bring me clarity. Give me the desire to be great in your eyes and not great in the eyes of this world. Teach me how to be more of a servant and help me to live as a servant in all areas of my life. Amen.