Longing for Power and Status
Theme of the week: Holy Week: Our Servant-Savior
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Who Said It … Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins served as a senior pastor for 24 years and is the founder and CEO of Million Mighty Men. Along with addressing men’s groups around the world, Bill has led chapels for major league baseball teams, conducted seminars for leading corporations, and appeared on nationally broadcast radio and television shows. He is the author of The Jesus Experiment. Read all about his book and the concept behind it at jesusexperiment.com.
What he Said … Longing for Power and Status
In Mark 10:35-45, we read an account of the time James and John approached Jesus and asked for the privilege of sitting at his right and left hand in the coming kingdom. When the other disciples heard about this, “they became indignant” (Mark 10:41, NIV). I suspect they wondered, Why didn’t I think of that?
You might think growing closer to Jesus would make it easier not to contend for status and position, but that wasn’t the case for the disciples. Right up to the night before Jesus died, they were jockeying for position and seeking to elevate themselves in the coming kingdom.
On the night of the Last Supper, after years of walking daily with Jesus and soaking in his wisdom and marveling at the miracles he per-formed, the disciples remained concerned about power and status. As they climbed the stairs to the Upper Room, I’m sure they were thinking, Someone is going to get the seat of honor, and someone is going to end up at the other end of the table.
Key Study Passage: John 13:1-17
Adapted from The Jesus Experiment (Tyndale, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Dear Father, help me to slow down and think deeply and often about the truth that “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
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