“And He said to her, “What do you want?” She said to Him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”” (Matthew 20:21). Commenting on this passage, Andrew Murray says, “They must not look or ask for it. Their thought must be of the cup and the baptism of humiliation” (Humility, page 18).
Jesus follows up this mothers request by asking a rhetorical question, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”” (Matthew 20:22). The answer would be preposterous except this mother and her boys had no clue as to the intense suffering (“cup”) that Jesus was about to drink. They were among those who fled when Jesus was put on trial (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50).
Before you puff out your chest and say, ‘I would never ask a stupid question like that’; I ask you, when was the last time you sought any position for the sake of a little recognition?
Humility is only crushed in us as much as I pursue wanting to be replaced by Christ. Paul said about his personal pursuit, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Would you choose suffering to gain Christ? The highest position in this world will appear as a star a trillion light years away compared to becoming like Christ and knowing close fellowship with Him.
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