Everyone Wants To Be Great, But No One Wants To Drink The Cup
Seeking A Window Seat
Growing up, there were four of us children, two boys and two girls. My brother was the oldest of us all, with me being born second, followed by my sisters. Whenever mom and dad would go out shopping or to church, they would open the back doors of the car for us to get in. As boys, and being older, my brother and I would always take the window seats so that we could look out and observe the view as we traveled.
We honestly felt that being older gave us a right to sit near the windows, which seemed to be a great privilege. There was so much to see while riding in unfamiliar places, and a window seat guaranteed us the best opportunity to take it all in.
The problem was, that we would be having so much fun telling each other what we were seeing on our sides, that it began to irritate my sisters, who were riding in the middle with limited vision, that they would plead with our parents to make my brother and I move to the middle, so that they could have a chance to sit near the windows.
Missing The Mission, Wanting To Select Their Seats
Mark 10: 35-40,
And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for You ? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy glory. 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 ? 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: But to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
After years of study and meditation, the word of God still continues to excites me. I'm still in Awe of the Sovereignty of God. The word shows us how God used ordinary men and women to do His will in the earth. Men and women from every walk of life, and some that we would even consider to be from the dregs of society.
Jesus chose twelve such men to be His disciples. Twelve men that he could lead, teach, and prepare for the glory of God, and the leading to repentance of all mankind.
Jesus walked with his twelve disciples for three and one-half years, pouring into them words from heaven, and showing them by his own example kingdom living, love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility.
And when his time was at hand, we find Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples, telling them all of the things that are about to happen. The course of the entire world was about to change. Eternal history was about to be witnessed on the stages of the hearts, souls, and spirits of man. Jesus told them that he would be delivered into the hands of the chief priests and the scribes. Jesus told them that he would be sentenced to death, and then handed over to the Gentiles, who would mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and kill him. But he also told them, that on the third day, he would rise again.
Even as Jesus was talking it seems, just out of nowhere, James and John interrupts the Master's teaching, asking to be granted prominent seats in the kingdom. James and John came, completely missing the mission at hand, wanting to select their seats in heaven.
Can You Drink The Cup ?
Jesus, without hesitation, pointed out to these brothers, You have no idea what you are asking me ! You don't even have a clue !
Then Jesus asked them, " Can You Drink The Cup ?
Even as Jesus was about to die for the sins of the world, these two disciples, were more concerned with their own status and position in the kingdom, than they were about fulfilling their call on earth, and being about the business of God. They even believed that because their father was Zebedee, they should have a leg up on the other ten. There is an old saying used in Christian circles that says, " We can be so heavenly bound, that we are no earthly good."
It is even more in your face today, in this hour, than ever before in the history of man, how disciples, men and women of God, are missing the mission, while endeavoring to choose their seats in the kingdom. Far too many want to be great, and too few want to be humble.
Today, everyone is seeking after personal fame and fortune. Everyone is chasing titles and positions. Everyone wants to showcase their knowledge of scripture from the loftiest podium, with thousands in attendance. But very few want to, or are much less willing, to drink the cup. And to be clearer still, there are far too many who don't even know or understand what's in the cup.
I understand that it would be difficult for me to drink the cup that Unchained Grace drinks from while searching the city streets to help those in need, or Sister DeBorrah going into unfavorable places to counsel and encourage, or RevLady being a pillar of strength and compassion to people in their time of need, or many of my other brothers and sisters that I have met here, who I know are carrying their cross, and drinking from their cup. But I do understand what every man and woman of God must understand, that there is a cross we must bear, and a bitter cup that we must drink from.
Jesus said, " If any man would be my disciple, let him first deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me."
It seems that the prophecies written in the word of God are being made manifest right before our eyes, and we are still preaching prosperity. Jesus is about to come back on a cloud, to separate the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the unrighteous, the believers from the unbelievers, and nobody's calling the body of Christ into repentance, so that we can be "The Bride" adorned for her husband. A bride without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. We have consumed ourselves simply with being Great.
" And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Can You Drink The Cup ?