Mark 10:35-45, “35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
39 “We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”“
It seems that our competitive nature spills over all aspects of our lives. We compete with our neighbors for the best houses. We compete with our co-workers for the best check. We compete with our fellow students to get noticed. We compete to be the best at sports, employee of the month, and all-around number one. We even have been known to compete when we give to charities. Even so, churches rarely compete to be the greatest servants of God. What would it be like if each and every Christian didn’t just bring their Bible to Church on Sunday, but ate, drank, and slept the Word of God, applying it to almost every aspect of their lives? Would it change your life or have no discernible impact?