Our society is obsessed with fame and notoriety. The glut of reality television shows and the celebrity of non-celebrities like the Kardashians well demonstrate this sad truth. We want to be known. We want to be first. We want to win. We want to have.
As Christians, we must purposefully work to not be affected by this mentality. One way to do that is by constantly immersing ourselves in the truth of Scripture. Let’s take a look at what Jesus said about it:
20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21 “What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.
23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:20-28, NIV
The desire to “be somebody” is not new. Even the woman who gave birth to James and John was a stage mother who petitioned Jesus to gain special status for her sons. Jesus’ response resonates as loudly today as it did in the first century. Jesus also modeled the character He wants us to have. Humble service. Giving instead of taking. Stepping back when others would step forward.
Is there some area of your life where you are seeking to be served rather than serve?
What attitudes and behaviors does God want you to evaluate and change?