VERY IMPORTANT IN GOD’S KINGDOM – Mark 10:35-45

VERY IMPORTANT IN GOD’S KINGDOM   -  Mark 10:35-45

VERY IMPORTANT IN GOD’S KINGDOM   –  Mark 10:35-45

If people have a VIP Ticket or a VIP Pass, it means that they have access.  They have special access to the backstage of a concert or to a dinner with a celebrity or into an elite club.  It means that they can go where others cannot.   Such access can make people feel privileged, but it can also be exclusive.  What about all the other people who would like to meet the star?  Are they not allowed to have access?

There was a time when a couple of the disciples of Jesus wanted special VIP status in God’s kingdom. James and John came to Jesus and asked if they could sit at his right hand and his left hand when he came into his glory.  They wanted to have access to Jesus and his power and they were hoping the other disciples wouldn’t find out.

But the rest of the group did find out and as you might imagine they were not very happy about it.  They became angry and upset and who could blame them? James and John acted in a way that would have excluded the rest of the group.  They acted in a way that put themselves above the other disciples so you can understand why the others would be upset.

Jesus hears of all of this and reminds his followers that they are called to be different than the rest of the culture.  Earthly kings want to lord their power over others and become tyrants. They try and keep their access to authority all to themselves. This is not how Jesus wants his followers to operate.  Instead, he calls them to be servants of each other.  Their job is not to limit access to God, but rather to serve others by expanding access to God so that all might know the good news of salvation.

We are considered Very Important People in God’s eyes, but not so that we can be the only ones with access to God. It is so that others might know that they are important too.  What would it mean for us to show others that they are VIPs?   How can we share the access to God that we have come to know through Jesus Christ?

-Pastor Erik Goehner

 

 

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