The prize of discipleship



Daily reading: Mark 10:32-52
Thursday February 25, 2016

Focus passage: James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”  Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking!  Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?” Mark 10:35-38

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.

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