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Everyone Wants To Be Great, But No One Wants To Drink The Cup

Updated on December 9, 2010

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 ?

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      JetterV7,

      Thanks for coming by. Glad you concur.

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      AM,

      How true.

      Every day we must drink from our cup, for it is ever before us. You are correct in saying that many carry the cup, yet never drink from it. They do carry it for prestige, and the accolades they receive from man is their reward.

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      UlrikeGrace,

      I could not have stated it better, and your words carry so much weight. We don't have to be afraid for the bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

      Thanks for coming by.

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      RackyB,

      Thanks for coming by.

      I visited the site, and I am putting together a page for our church. Thanks. I am going to be in touch with you concerning your line.

      God Bless

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      JetterV7 7 years ago from Angola, IN

      Amen godpreacher!!! AMEN!!!

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      Allen Werner 7 years ago from West Allis

      godpreacher, that cup is ever before us, every day inviting us to drink from it. I love that old saying, " We can be so heavenly bound, that we are no earthly good." Those are the types that want to carry the cup around without ever drinking from it. Just having the cup gives the appearance of prestige. Yahshua told us not to let our left hand know what the right hand does. Keep what you accomplish for the Lord in private and He will reward you openly. Some people enjoy the fanfare, and they thus got their reward. Silently, humbly, and faithfully we serve. Peace.

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      godpreacher...God always knows what it is we can bear and He will not give us more...we have each a bitter cup to drink...but it will be not be more than we can swallow...I don't have to afraid of my cup but look to the Lord my strength and allow His joy to enable me to swallow...

      Thank for the insightful hub...sometyhing to think on more than once

      UlrikeGrace

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      Racquel Reid Wright 7 years ago from The Treasure Coast

      Great article..and all your articles are so inspiring.

      http://goinspirewear.com/products.html

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Dr.C,

      I feel you on that one. As family, friends, and familiar surroundings cast me aside, God drew me closer, and spoke to me of his purpose. That's why we sing, " If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?" Thank God that he can use people like us in the earth to do his will, even if our cup is a bitter cup. As long as I'm in his will, nothing else matters.

      Thanks for coming by

      Luv Ya

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      loria,

      Don't we all, and wouldn't that be so appreciated. There is an old song that says, "Fill my cup Lord, let it overflow." You know that if we live for him, in submission and obedience, our cup may not be as hard to swallow.

      Thanks for coming by.

      God Bless

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      That's what I love about our GOD, He can and will use those who the world will least expect! I always tell people, do not judge a book by it's cover! When I was gong through my trials in life, the only one who would give me a chance at any thing was GOD! He was the one who put me in the position I am in now! I Praise Him!!!!!! And Thank Him! GREAT HUB!!!

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      I am the cup that wants to be filled with the Living Water, Christ Jesus.

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      UG,

      Luv Ya Bro.

      It is true that we each have our own gifts, talents, and abilities. And we must carry the cross and drink the cup that is specifically for our mission. I thank God for you, and all of the others who faithfully and diligently do the work of the ministry. And know that from your obedience and submission, many will be lead to Christ.

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Quill,

      You know what's in the cup. Praise God.

      Because it is a bitter cup of sacrifice to commitment, hardships, pain, resentment, and loneliness, among many other things, that we would much rather pass the cup to someone else, and yet be willing partakers in the glory.

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      DeBorrah,

      You are right in saying, our first priority must be in pleasing God. We must answer the call on our lives, which is our only guarantee of a seat in the kingdom. For the word of God says, He who endures to the end, will be saved.

      Thanks for coming by.

      God Bless

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Few can drink the cup of the other as God called upon us to do different things according to our own abilities, personalities and testimony.

      Seeking to be acceptable and great in man's eyes reaps man's reward. Sure, we as a people come to be celebrated and not merely tolerated in the flesh, but spiritually we must be a "Majority of One" and allow ourselves to be the least.

      When one gets to the point where Jesus becomes the vehicle through which wealth, fame and earthly glorification is sought, the cross you carry is a mirage. You might outslick some of the people some of the time but you ain't gonna outslick God. He knows your motivations.

      He also knows you can't drink from His Cup.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Our cup is a cup of commitment to sacrifice we are called to take on and support others as we travel through this life. The cup is filled with many lessons, many hardships but none so great as what Christ took on for us.

      Great hub...

      Blessings

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      GodPreacher, Wonderful inspiring "Message!" It is not always an easy path; that narrow road that leads to the Lord! When you somewhat, if I might say go "against the grain" others who say they are our brothers and sisters in Christ so often misunderstand? There are hardships and sacrifices that we must make as well at times... But it must be our first priority to Please God! We must answer the "call" on our lives... Jesus is our only perfect example!

      God is Awesome! There is much inner Peace and contentment in HIM! I keep a cross and a chain on me that is not always visible. It is a constant reminder that I am a slave bound to the Lord... As His child He teaches me everyday and I thank Him for His Promises that He will NEVER leave nor forsake us!" Yes the cup is often bitter but it will make us Better!

      Thank you for this great inspiring and insightful Message! May the Lord continue to use you Tremendously in HIS service! PRAISE GOD! In His Love & Blessings!

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      RevLady,

      Oftentimes I also reflect on the life of Paul, and the sacrifices and hardships he suffered for the gospel. But Paul understood, that even if he preached the gospel, and lead thousands to Christ, If he did not drink his own cup, he himself would be a castaway. Indeed, these are perilous times, and may God have mercy on our souls.

      thanks for coming by

      Luv Ya ( You already know)

      God Bless

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      JD,

      If our cup is anything except unpleasant, it would probably mean that we are seeking to please men rather than God. Our cup is a bitter cup, as was the Lord's.

      Thanks for coming by.

      God Bless

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      While reading this soul stirring message that really does define the Christian mandate, my mind drifted immediately to Paul's words, "I bear on my body the marks of Jesus." This hub so adequately describes the tragedy of our times, in terms of Christians bearing the cross.

      "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." AMEN! AMEN!

      May the Lord have mercy on our souls!

      Forever His,

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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      This is greatly encouraging. My "cup" is very unpleasant as I'm called to apologetics with false doctrines (on my Carrie Bradshaw profile here on HubPages), in the hope that some who read will be delivered from evil. As JD, I love the mountaintop of ministering to the saints. The Apostles partook in both the suffering of solemnly testifying to the Jews (who would persecute them) and the joy of ministering to the saints. In this world we will have tribulation, but we have courage that we are not of this world ~ He has overcome the world, praise God! We can press on in confidence that we will "drink from His cup" and "great is our reward". May our treasure be Jesus Christ our Lord for ever and ever; amen!! God bless you for encouraging all who read to press on in His purpose and calling until He comes!