“Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant”

Mark 10: 35-45

God, I want you to do this one thing for me’ is probably not an unfamiliar request we make to God Although we may think James and John seem a little arrogant in their request to Jesus, the reality is we are not so different from them in our own ways. The world’s values of being seen on top, successful, glorified are hard to shake, these messages we receive externally both overtly and subtly, repeatedly and incessantly every day of our lives(except maybe on retreat!)

God recognises how most view success and says ‘not so with you’, He explains we need to look at Jesus’ life and example to see what to aspire to. By doing so, we see through a different lens, which turns the message we are more familiar with on its head and requires us to act differently and pursue different goals in life-or at the very least, to pursue our goals differently, with the understanding it is not what we achieve but what we give, not how high up we are on the outside but how low (humble) we are on the inside. Where can we see how this applies in our life today?