Today's Daily Bread
Wed. Mar 4, 2015: Jeremiah 18:18-20; Matthew 20:17-28
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink? Ambitious brothers James and John emphatically answered, “We can.” Give them credit for their zeal, confidence and commitment. After Jesus rejected their request (issued through their mother) to be at his right and left hand in the kingdom, they learned humble service. James accepted that the Father alone assigns places of honor, and he followed Jesus’ path, complete with its struggle. There was no assurance of recognition and no longer a desire for it. James shared Jesus’ suffering, willingly drinking that chalice through his life and martyrdom. Discipleship is demanding. We’re called daily to lay down our lives in little or significant ways. Let us humble ourselves in service and sacrifice.