pushing the envelope


October 2015 (29)Mark 10:35-40

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask from you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want [me] to do for you?” 37 So they said to him, “Grant us permission to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am to be baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, ” You will drink the cup that I drink; and you will be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized,; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those it has been prepared for.”

pushing the envelope

James and John were not satisfied with just being part of the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity. They wanted to push the envelope. If there was something greater than just being apostles of Jesus, they wanted in on it. Their ambition resonates with people of this generation.

But there are limits to what we should seek. Some destinies are fixed. Some prayers will not be answered, no matter what our motives, or who we are. God is sovereign over our future, and we must learn to accept that. He knows best.

LORD, we surrender our sovereignty to yours.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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