Daily Dose – August 23

                 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’  When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ -- Matthew 20:20-28 Leadership matters.  We all know this to be true.  The Universities of our land pay a big dollar to coaches because leadership is everything.  We elect our political leaders and we can get passionate about it because they determine where we go.  A church needs leaders who are strong and wise and tuned into the will of God.  Our church has such people in the lead.  James and john wanted to be key leaders in the Kingdom movement initiated by Jesus.  They wanted to be in charge.  They wanted to be the decision makers who sat next to the Lord.  They even got their Momma to go to bat for them in this calculated manipulation.  Jesus refused to let it happen.  He engaged them in direct conversation that chastened and challenged them and all who aspire to lead.  You must first become a servant.  You must first get your knuckles scraped and stir up a sweat that trickles down your nose.  You cannot lead the people without humbling yourself to serve the people.  Jesus even used the word slave to describe the attitude of leaders.  This is exactly how Jesus lived.  He served by dying for us and all the world.  This way of thinking and living is a must among Christians.  Servant leaders are a gift from God to the church and the world.  You can be that gift and you can step forward and lead.  But not without a bucket of warm soapy water and a humble heart. Dr. Don Martin