The other day some friends and I were talking about how another person had wronged us. It felt like they were targeting us because of our faith. We were spun up about it and I’m ashamed to say that pretty quickly the conversation turned to how we could do something similar in response. Thankfully we realized what we were doing and put an end to it, but this persecution should not come as a surprise to us. As followers of Jesus we should respond differently.
Reading today in Mark 10:35-45, James and John express their desire for the glory and honor of sitting next to Jesus. Jesus in return describes the suffering they will experience as the price for following Him. Later the other disciples hear of their request and they start grumbling. It feels to me at this point Jesus calls a time out. He points out how they are acting like all the other religious leaders. He implores them to be different. He says that they must stop fighting for power and position and become servant leaders.
This is what Jesus expects from us. He wants us to be different. He wants us to serve others. He wants us to love others, even when it doesn’t make sense. What a great example it is when we serve those who take advantage of us and love those that hate us. I pray that next time this response comes more naturally to me.
Director of Family Ministry