When I was a kid we all wanted to sit in the front seat. We would call “shotgun!” and argue about who called it first. “I called it!”
“No, I did!”
“I called it yesterday!”
“Well, I called it for the week!”
We would all fight for the seat of honor. Nobody liked taking the backseat.
James and John ask Jesus to give them positions of prestige and power: “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” (Mark 10:37)
Jesus declared that service would be the measure of Christian leadership: “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all." (Mark 10:43-44)
A servant leader follows the example of Jesus: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve...” (Mark 10:45)
Jesus knew that he had all the power of the universe in his hands, but he did not use it to control his disciples. He got up and washed their feet.
In the kingdom of God, greatness is not about moving on up. It’s about transformation. As we become more like Jesus, we will develop a Christ-like sensitivity toward others.
Selfish ambition leads to conflict and has no place in God's Kingdom.
Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)