The Wrong Trophy
And [James and John] said to [Jesus], "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."—Mark 10:37
Every man wants to be legendary. We want to hold a trophy, stand on the platform, and be praised by fans on the world's stage. We want to sit on the emperor's throne, and here these two men boldly disclose they want to be as close as possible.
Yet we all do this. On some days, you're going to think you're a legend in your own mind. This insidious thought is a dangerous voice for men to follow. It's evidence of our deepest arrogance, and it must be addressed before our imminent fall. Pride comes in many forms, but it ultimately plants a thought in our mind, which impacts our beliefs, attitudes, and actions. The result is sometimes a rather embarrassing proclamation. I wonder if James and John felt stupid asking this question? Or if they were so intoxicated with arrogance that it didn't even register?
DO THIS: Don't let pride overtake you and thus say something stupid.
PRAY THIS: God, I am not always aware of my arrogance. Sometimes it's so insidious that I say things that are out of line with your will. Please help me to be mindful of my prideful desires so I can avoid the pain of embarrassment.