It's really important to align our hearts with the will of God for our lives such that we know what to ask and when because He knows what's best for us:)
9th Oct, 2016
A woman comes towards the Son of Man, with her two sons James and John on either side. If I may try to read her emotions, I see a woman saddened by the idea of the death of the Saviour, her sons’ boss and friend. She knows how much of a great man Jesus is. She has seen how powerfully He has impacted her sons’ lives and all the mighty miracles He has performed that have changed lives all around. She doesn’t even want to imagine life without Jesus’ physical presence. That aside, she has one request.
“What is it you want?” Jesus asked. We are on Matthew 20, from the 20th verse onwards.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom”
I wish I’d have a moment to see the expression on Jesus’ face at this juncture. Because when I read Jesus’ responses (not only in this case but throughout the Bible) the guy was as frank as it gets and His responses were priceless!Hahaha..
Jesus responds with a spot on yet very true statement. He tells her, “You don’t know what you are asking.”….Let’s have this in bold – “You don’t know what you are asking.”
He turned to James and John and asked them, “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” And ofcourse, they said they could.
See, dear reader, it is very simple to make a plea or declare it with your mouth, but it is another to drink from it’s cup. Jesus had had it on this earth. From rejection at His home town, to doubtful people all around him, tests without number from the Pharisees and Saducees…….and yet the beating, harsh mockery and crucifixion had not even begun. However, He knew what was required of Him by His Father and He knew it would take A LOT. So as he looked into the eyes of the three people before him at this point, He wished they would only understand what it took to sit on His either side in the kingdom. It wasn’t going to happen in just the snap of a finger. They would have to drink of the cup – the cup of mockery and persecution, the cup of sweat (maybe even sweat like drops of blood) and tears, the cup of loneliness and rejection. That cup is heavy, it’s deep but its price is the best that ever will exist.
There are two sides to this point I’m trying to drive. For starters, persecution, in its different points, is a part of any Christian’s life. 2 Timothy 3:12 “…..and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Therefore, don’t let persecution discourage you from being a Christian. The enemy fights he whom he does not have, so please do not give in. As the world did to Him, it will do to those like Him (John 15:18) We are precious children because he did not leave us like orphans. He left us a helper who will see us through all the tough tides that life brings as a cost of taking up the cross.
Secondly, many of us want to go right past everything and “sit at the seat”. As you ask God for a job, are you ready and willing to go through the highs and lows of working in that company? Do you understand what it takes to be the best in that field? As you fan into flame your talents, do you know you’re going to pass through the hands of dismissive friends? Probably it might even begin at home where no one cares to know how much you love what you wanna do.Will this make you give up on your dream? I remember how hard it was for me when I first took guitar classes at 16. My pretty fingers were bruised and blistered for about a month but I wanted it, I still do! For every goal, there is a PROCESS involved. With the process comes PAIN. Enduring the pain then brings result.
Precision is key in prayer, but as you pray, till your ground, make it ready for that blessing you await as you understand in deeper sense what you are asking for. Practice more and more on that gift as He prepares to make room for you. Study further on that field as He is working on a good job for you. Work on your heart, character and habits as He makes ready a perfect better half for you. You can make it happen, but only He makes it beautiful!
Trust you’re blessed. I appreciate you.