Scripture Reading: Mark 10: 33-40

According to Matthew 23:11, Our greatness as the Disciples of Christ is determined by our work as a servant. It is not based on ability or personality. It is not based on how much we have or who we know. We are placed in the ranks of God’s kingdom according to our lives as a servant. When you look around today especially among Christians, we see ungodly behaviours and unhealthy communication and competition because of the selfish desire by many to be recognized and rewarded for their service. They forget Psalm 75:6-7 which says: “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

So many people are looking for a human promotion. They want to bask in the approval of others. Haman was like that. He wanted the accolades of other human beings, but was humiliated when Mordecai received honour, and not himself. When someone else is promoted or when you work for the purpose of being popular, or when you work close by a leader, there is a natural human tendency to say to oneself, “What about me? What do I get?”

Let us look at the example in our main Scripture reading. The two of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, James and John; both brothers made a rude and manipulative demand for promotion from Jesus without considering the responsibilities and sacrifices involved. They had stayed so much with Him, seen Him perform signs and wonders, probably know much about Him as a human being (seen Him hungry, sleep, tired, laugh, relax, etc). They became familiar with our Lord Jesus Christ to the point that they forgot the divine anointing and call upon his life. They abased themselves and started to believe that they could do the same work He did, after all, they have been with Him long enough to know how He worked. What a mistake!

The same situation happens even now. How many times have you thought you deserve to be the head of a department? Or that you would rather choose where and how to serve in the ministry? Or you love to be addressed in a certain manner so that people know how highly regarded you ought to be? Or that you should have automatic access to the ministries’ resources because you have worked so hard or you know how the resources came about? The reasons for the desire for self-promotion abound but one thing is certain, “For not he who promotes himself is approved, but whom the Lord promotes.”

MASS: Green 1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-4.5-6.27-28.39-40(R.39a); Accl Jn 8:12; Gospel Lk 5:33-39

Prayer Point:

1.         Lord, I pray that You help me to remain humble in my current promotion so that You may elevate me in due time, according to Your will and purpose. I pray that any promotion that is not from You, will be cancelled in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Exercise: Reflect on Daniel 5:29

Meditation: 2 Corinthians 10:18