Read: Mark 10:32-52
In today’s verses, we read about James and John requesting to sit at Jesus’ right and left in His glory. Mark says that the other disciples were indignant with the brothers when they found out what they asked. Do you think they were mad with James and John for thinking they deserved to sit next to Jesus? Or were they upset because they didn’t think to ask first? When I first started my career, my boss gave me a great piece of advice. He knew I needed training, but he also knew that he wasn’t going to always have time to identify training opportunities for me. He said that if I see any training that I would be interested in and I felt would benefit me, I should come to him and ask if I can go. He said that there will be times he will say “No,” but that doesn’t mean I should stop looking for opportunities. Maybe he regretted telling me that, because I think I brought something to him every few weeks, but he never said to stop.
Jesus had said something similar to the disciples at a different time, when He said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) Maybe James and John remembered that and didn’t think it would hurt anything to ask Jesus to sit next to Him. Maybe they had finally become comfortable enough around Jesus that they were able to tell Him exactly what was on their minds.
Is it hard for you to ask friends, family or coworkers for things? Or even let them know exactly what you are thinking? Do you hesitate, because you’re not sure how they will respond? Are you someone that others are comfortable enough with that they can come to you for help or advice? I was lucky to have such a great boss that recognized that unless he said something right away, I may never get all the training I needed, because I would have been hesitant to ask to go to training opportunities. Let’s strive to be like Jesus, and make others feel comfortable enough to tell us what is on their minds.