The prize of discipleship
James and John right after hearing the third passion prediction, after hearing that Jesus is the suffering Messiah and is on the literal road that will ultimately take him to a place of deep suffering and death, are focused not on that road but on what reward they will get for following Jesus.
“We want a prize Jesus”, they say, exemplifying the reality that they still have not embraced the participatory nature of the kingdom. They have not heard that they too have to pick up their cross and follow Jesus. This is not just about sitting by and watching Jesus go down the road to Jerusalem, we all have our own cross that we will bear. Discipleship in other words isn’t a spectator sport. It is not something that we passively receive. Discipleship is active, engaged and necessitates a faithful collaborative community.
Prayer: God help me to see more clearly, help me to grow in the servant ministry of Christ today. Amen.