Faithful Servants

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“To sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” Mark 10:40 NASB

Throughout His ministry, Jesus urged His followers to have faith for what seemed impossible. In fact, He told them that all things are possible with God.”

Perhaps inspired by this encouragement, James and John felt bold enough to ask Him if they could sit at His right and left side when He entered into His “glory.” Jesus said they really didn’t know what they asked, and could not grant their request.

But, when the other disciples heard of their request, they “began to feel indignant.” Suddenly, Jesus’ followers became rivals concerned about their own status and careers.

Jesus told them they were reacting like “rulers of the Gentiles” who seek to exercise authority. But His disciples were to be different: “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.”

They were to put aside thoughts about their careers and recognition, and think about His example. To realize that they were called to be servants. To be great they needed to focus on being faithful servants. In fact, they were to consider themselves to be slaves. To remember that Jesus came to serve, and “give His life a ransom for many.”

This certainly was not a message the disciples wanted to hear. But the real issue was not their faith, understanding, or past actions. It was the continuing nature of what it means to be His disciple. To follow Jesus as servants. To be committed to serve anyone and everyone.

The Bible makes clear that rewards are ahead for His followers. In fact, we can receive the rewards of faithfulness when we sow seeds and we put His principles into practice. But we always remain servants.


Prayer: Father, give me the attitude of a servant. Help me to focus on how I can be more faithful. Open my eyes to ways I can serve You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.