The story of the request of the mother of James and John vividly portrays what makes for greatness in the Kingdom. The world surrounds us with adulation given to those who become famous in political life, the movies, and the world of sports. What is fame from the world’s point of view fades with the newest fad on the scene.
Kingdom fame is something different. Jesus is the model. He comes to serve, to redeem, to set free, and to heal. Those who act in his name and do the same will receive the reward of the Father now, with peace and joy in the secret place of the heart.
My Uncle Spence humorously requested to be buried with his checkbook—”Just in case you can take it with you!” The rewards of the world decay with you in the grave; the rewards of the Kingdom go with you into the world that awaits you.
What are these?
Jesus’ life and mine as one v. 22
To be great: servant of all v. 26
Lord Jesus: mercy on us v. 30
Lord Jesus, that I may see v. 34
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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We continue reading the Gospel of Matthew.
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