The disciples were confused after Jesus’ interaction with the rich man on how to enter the kingdom, so they asked what will be their faith for they have left everything to follow Him. Jesus assured them that whatever they have left to follow him, surely they will have them back in multiple folds in this world and then eternal life. While on their way to Jerusalem, he told them about his suffering, his death and resurrection on the third day. James and John requested of him if they may be allowed to sit on his right and on his left when he is finally exalted and he asked if they could drink the cup that he will drink moreover this is not in his power to grant. The other ten disciples became indignant when they heard about this request from James and John, so Jesus called them together and charged them saying whoever wants to be great must be ready to be the servant of all.
You can never lose anything when you forsake all and follow Jesus, the things you forsake will come back to you in many folds. Whatever you give up for the sake of the kingdom or for Jesus is never lost but a seed sown which will definitely yield great harvest. First thing first, seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other thing will follow as additions. Likewise becoming great in the kingdom is by service. When you humble yourself to serve, God will exalt you.
I choose eternal life above every other things, I seek the kingdom first and I make myself available to serve in the kingdom. So help me God
Reading – Mark 10:26-45
26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time
32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
The Request of James and John
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 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.”
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.