What do you want me to do for you?

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Jesus is with his apostles.He is telling them about his upcoming suffering and death in Jerusalem. What James and John say next is unbelievable.

Here Jesus tells them about his upcoming death:

Mar 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,


Mar 10:33 [Saying], Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:


Mar 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

This is very sad news.Even with the part about rising from the dead, most people would be grief stricken over predicted suffering and death.But James and John are in the “greedy for glory” mode.There are no words of comfort for their friend and Lord, Jesus.It is all about them, and what they want:

Mar 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we want that thou should do for us whatsoever we shall desire.


Mar 10:36 And he [Jesus] said unto them, What would you want me to do for you?


Mar 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

They see Jesus as someone who is there to do what they want, and give them all their desires for glory.Isn’t this a bit selfish?

There are appropriate, caring responses to messages about pain, suffering and death.This did not happen here.

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This is how Jesus answers them.He is very patient.He is referring to the cup of suffering:


Mar 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?


Mar 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:


Mar 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared.


Here Jesus explains that glory is not his to give.This indicates it is the Father who grants this.But, Jesus is also indicating that there is no glory without the suffering he is about to go through.

The drinking of the cup represents the suffering, and the baptism represents the death.

Glory is not a cheap commodity.We are not given this without the ultimate price being paid – our lives.As some say, no pain, no gain.

The minimum requirements:

1.Suffering for our faith

2.dying to the flesh. Or this could mean physical death as well.

Many believers want the joy, and the glory, but they do not want the pain.

They want everything now.They are selfish and prideful, and want to be “little gods,” or as good as God, in the eyes of others.They want “power.”

Fleshly glory is ugly, and narcissic.

There is no reason to seek any glory on this earth. We are not here to satisfy ourselves with prideful ambitions.We are here to seek God only, and seek to love and serve Him, in mercy and humility.

We are here to give God all the glory…… not man, and not ourselves.

That is the point.


32 Responses to “What do you want me to do for you?”

  1. […] his upcoming suffering and death in Jerusalem. What James and John say next is unbelievable. Click here for […]

  2. I don’t understand why, when Jesus has already paid the price for our sins and bore our sorrows, why we still have to suffer?? It starts to sound as if His suffering wasn’t good enough, that we must suffer too, to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

  3. Mel, there are two things. Salvation is a gift. Reward is to be earned. Salvation is free. It has been given to us. We accept it. We accept Jesus into our lives. After that, we start walking and working for our rewards. Thats why Jesus says in Revealation, hold fast that no man takes your reward. We can loose our salvation. It is sealed. But we can loose our reward if we don’t hold fast. Once you are saved, you are saved.
    1 cor 3.
    12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

  4. Hi Mel,

    We do not have to suffer to gain the kingdom. We just need to accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, and turn our lives over to Him, obey him and turn away from sin.

    But these apostles were wanting to share in God’s glory in an elevated position – at his left and right hand on the throne of heaven. Even Jesus said that was not His to give. So far as we know, only Jesus has such an exalted position.

    Heaven has different levels. So if anyone wants to be so exalted that they are at the level Jesus is in heaven, or close to it, then they will have to do what he did. This is actually unrealistic of anyone, to think they can match Jesus in glory.

    I wrote this because people want this kind of glory here on earth, for doing nothing. They just exalt themselves. I conclude by saying we should just give God all the glory. He is the only one who deserves it. We should just be humble.

    blessings
    marianne

  5. i meant i don’t think we can loose our salvation. That means if someone is saved, they will go into heaven. But will they have treasures in heaven? thats the questions. Jesus said there are mansions in my Father’s house. We have to work to inherit things heaven. If i invite you into my house, you can enter freely but u don’t inherit things in it.

  6. indeed Marianne. There are so many christians out there seeking glory for themselves. I feel sad most times. I think people need to get into the word more. On a daily basis. They also need to fast and pray more often otherwise, they’ll be thinking like the world. The more spiritual we are, the more we think of our Father and less of us.

  7. Hi Kwazy,

    Very true what you said. I need to do more fasting and prayer myself. I do pray, but I can feel the need to increase this time alone. WE need to pray for others, also, who are suffering for the gospel in other lands, while we are here safe in our country. We must realize that maybe we are only safe, so that we have the opportunity to pray for others who may be in harm’s way, or are restricted in freedom to pray. WE should fast, not just for ourselves, but for those who have no food. The love of God and the love of others must permeate our lives.

    blessings
    marianne

  8. Indeed, you are right.😉. peace and grace.

  9. There are many christians who only want the feel good gospel and not have to go through the trials. My brother believes in Christ as his Savior, but hardly prays or reads the Word and he’s got a loyal wife, expensive apartment, a beautiful dog. Whereas, I seek God daily and my wife cheats on me, runs off and moved out and now smokes and drinks with her old worldly friends. I wonder why I have to suffer when my brother has it just as good as I with free salvation. I’m not coveting, but am wondering why this happens.

    I have a good church friend who loves the Lord heavily; however, now her husband beats her and she doesn’t receive love from him. It seems so unfair. I wonder if practicing christians who suffer, mean they are being attacked by the enemy trying to stop them from drawing nearer to Christ. I think that those are the true Christian and a person who believes but doesn’t seek God is not, esp. when they still enjoy casual drinking and satire life.

    1 John 3 identifies the children of God. Hebrews 10:26 states that Christ’s payment isn’t valid for those who learned of it, yet still go on sinning, like my wife.

  10. Hi Mel,

    I am sorry to hear of your trials.

    Satan does not bother his friends, only his enemies. The idea is to get them to turn away from God, or blame God.

    Jesus said the true believers would be hated and suffer tribulation in this life.

    There will also be many who say “Lord, Lord” to Jesus at the judgment. And he will say he never knew them. He is not looking for cheap relationships. He is looking for those who are genuine. If we can tell the difference, you know he can too.

    Take assurance that you have the love of God within you, and that your heart is set on obeying god, and doing his will. Pray for those around you. They may not be as saved as they think.

    blessings
    marianne

  11. Hi everyone.

    Christians have been called to suffer with patient endurance because we are at odds with the world, and we will suffer persecution at various times and in various ways. That pleases God because He knows it will mature us and perfect our ability to glorify Him in heaven. Beyond this, such suffering identifies us with our Lord Jesus Christ, for we suffer as He suffered.

  12. It’s difficult to follow Christ, but I do, because I have no where else to go. I could easily file divorce and look for another wife and enjoy the blessing of companionship and love (in the physical presence) like most Christians would, but I don’t, because I made a vow when I married my wife and I know God’s power is greater than the world, for He has defeated it. I just pray that He will allow me to enjoy marriage sometime in my lifetime on earth. We are newlyweds.

  13. Dear Mel

    That is so sad. As newly weds, you should be much happier. I respect your commitment to your vows. I also took marriage vows once, and I have not betrayed them, or had more than one marriage. Maybe you could get some marriage counseling from a pastor?

    blessings
    marianne

  14. Mel, welcome to walking with God. Yes, suffering is a part of it, and that suffering proves our faith as we endure and trust God. It also grows patience, one of our most prescious traits.

    Most often, satan knows of a flaw in another whom we are attached to, and uses that person to attack us. They do not even know they are being used. I think the Book of Job was the first Bible book because it shows how God makes the righteous even more righteous.

    satan used Job’s wife and friends to make his life miserable. They all pounced on this looked-up-to man when he was down. Note satan had the permission from God to put Job in this trial.

    While job did not curse God, his arguments with his “friends” showed he had self-righteousness and self pity. But after that trial was over, Job was without those traits. His reward was great. We are building our reward in Heaven when we endure and learn from hard trials. Mel, you are not alone. DavWms

  15. Thank you for your support and encouraging words! They are much needed. Knowing God’s power (satan asking His permission to attack Job) (or Legion begging Jesus’ permission to stay in the area/go in the swine) tells me how easily and quickly God can turn things around. The power of God makes me cling to Him in hope. At times, I grow weary, being alone 4 months now, but yes, I’ve been laid a glimmer of hope with marital counseling. Miraculously though, tomorrow night will be our 4th session in 7 weeks. Thank you and God bless!

  16. IT IS A GREAT JOY TO SERVE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH HE IS OUR LIFE AND OUR JOY . JUST AS WE HAVE RAISED OUR CHILDREN WITH LOVE. EVERY LITTLE THING THAT HURT THEM HURTS US AND EVERY THING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM IS IMPORTANT TO US . WE ARE THE SAME ABOUT OUR PARENTS EVERY THING WE CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR LIFE EASIER AND GIVE THEM HAPPINESS AND COMFORT IN THEIR OLD AGE WE ARE WILLING TO DO BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM. SO IT IS WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD WE DO NOT THINK WHAT WE DO FOR HIM IS HARD ARE TROUBLESOME OR PAINFUL BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM. WHEN WE GO AND FEED THE POOR IT IS A GREAT JOY TO SEE THEM REALIZE JESUS LOVES THEM AND CARES FOR THEM . WE DO NOT THINK OF ” OUR POSITION ” NO , WE THINK OF OUR GOD AND KING, OUR LORD OUR WONDERFUL CREATOR AND FATHER AND WE JUST WONT TO PLEASE HIM AND SHOWING HOW MUCH WE LOVE HIM BY WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE OF HIM IN HIS NAME. YET WHAT WE DO IS SO PITIFUL AND SMALL COMPAIRED TO THE LOVE OUR ALMIGHTY GOD, OUR CREATOR GIVES US. THINK OF ALL THE HELP HE GIVES US AS HE MEETS MULTITUDES OF OUR DAILY NEEDS AND MOST OF ALL WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SALVATION, HEALTH AND PEACE. OH PRAISE THE LORD OUR GOD FOREVER AND EVER.
    SHALOM AND BERAKAH

  17. Does He really have a Name of that and not have a Hebrew Name for Joshua that is transliterated as Yahushua? Perhaps I would not be real surprised to learn that demons have tried to get people to forget Names… maybe we should think hard about a section called Acts 4:12 and ask ourselves if we call Him a Name that is pleasing to Him. -Jacob (atruthsearcher@aol.com)

  18. hi Jacob,

    I think after all this time, we will not know how the contemporaries actually pronounced the name of Jesus in Hebrew. The only way would be to find original Hebrew text. For now, God knows who we mean when we speak His name, and I think that is what is important.

    Joshua in Hebrew is actually Yahoshua (God is my salvation).

    The word for salvation in Hebrew is Yeshua. Jesus was salvation itself.

    blessings
    marianne

  19. Hello Marianne,

    A section of Zechariah 6:11-13 is worth major study by us and much more than that possibly… maybe very many can benefit by studying a section called Acts 7:45 and then asking themselves if The Son and someone commonly called Joshua the son of Nun have a Name in common also. What do I know though? -Jacob (atruthsearcher@aol.com)

  20. Hi Jacob,

    Maybe Zech 6:11-13 is predicting the name of the “Branch.”

    blessings
    marianne

  21. On persecution – in the last of the Beatitudes, which are a basic model for living the Life if Christ, Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness…” and then says, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”
    We’ll all endure trials in our life because we live in a fallen generation. But when we are tried because of Whose we are, that’s a whole different matter. In that case we should count ourselves as blessed.
    The reason the disciples misunderstood what Jesus said about his crusifixion that was soon to come was that Jesus had not told them much about it up to that point.
    This kind of post and responses is healthy for the church to consider.
    Thank you for the post.

  22. Hi Jerald,

    I can also see blessings from just persecution from a fallen world.

    We may not be persecuted because we are Christians, bringing one kind of blessing. But we may be persecuted for no good reason, and then open ourselves to a blessing anyhow, by responding in a Christian manner, as to give witness and glory to God.

    peace be with you.
    marianne

  23. It is human nature to think about one’s self, Jesus knew this. I’m thankful that since God created me He knows all about me,my weaknesses, yet he still loves me.

  24. Thank you, Marianne- wonderfully written with the power of the Holy Spirit.

  25. Hi Marianne. I enjoyed reading your posting. I had a dream the other night that bothers me, and I need more understanding of it. Is there another site that I could share this with you on?

  26. HI Ella,

    Just hit the reply button when you get my email.

    blessings
    marianne

  27. Hi🙂
    Funny in a way, I grew up never understood why everyone consider money and everything they have is more important.. and still do. I have lots of friends that seem to be more successful where I am not. I am not rich myself.. rather poor.. yet I do not envy them. Just am glad they made it there. I guess in a way, I simply do not like power nor glory nor money. Those seems so worthless. No wonder everyone would fight for anything to get to it. I wish it never been around in first place.. So everyone can be in peace and wonderful harmony. Just sayings.🙂 Bless you all.

    Tamera

  28. Hi, First of all thank you from the bottom of my heart and God Bless you. The prayer against witchcraft control has brought peace to my home. I thank you on behalf of my family. Please I need a prayer for breaking a binding spell.

    • hi Damary

      I am glad the prayer helped you. When you pray, “reverse the curse” in Jesus name, and cover yourself with the blood of Jesus.

      I will put you on my prayer list, and I agree with you against the binding spell.

      Also, do what they do. Write “reverse the curse” on a piece of paper, attach something that would represent them, and then burn it.

  29. am totally blessed and changed from my own thinking

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