This week Pastor Ed reminded us that Jesus calls us to follow him in a life of service and sacrifice rather than a life of comfort. He shared the story of James and John asking Jesus for seats of power and glory--right after Jesus has spent a great deal of time talking about serving others. No one who follows Jesus should focus on earthly power. Pastor Ed recalled an E-pistle written by our bishop, Mike Coyner, in 2007. In it, Coyner called us to take off the bibs we might be used to wearing in church and put on instead aprons. To be the type of follower Jesus calls us to be, we must look at the world through the perspective of service rather than the consumer mentality encouraged by our world. We're challenged to pus aside a preoccupation with our own comfort and convenience to focus on what God is calling us to do.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”