On Page 4 of Texas City Sun July 6, 2002 you’ll read about a man by the name of Paul Loetz. Paul has a bad punctured lung, broken ribs and internal bruising. While lying in the ER barely conscious and in pain the unthinkable happened; two doctors who were responsible for his care began arguing over who would get to put a tube into his chest. The argument became a shoving match and one doctor threatened to have the other doctor removed by security. Would you agree this was not the time or the place for this type of attitude and action to have taken place? I am sure you would agree but have you ever read in Matthew chapter 20 what took place? Jesus is going up to Jerusalem with His 12 disciples. He begins to tell them that there He shall be betrayed, condemned to death, scourged and then crucified but on the third day He shall rise again. Now what is so amazing was what happened next. One would think that some questions would be asked about what was just told them; but no questions were asked.
Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
What? The question was asked not about what was about to happen to Jesus but a mother wanting her sons to sit one on the right and the other on the left in the Kingdom. What was really important, where there’re going to sit or knowing about the greatest event in history? What is important to you and I what someone is telling us or the next question we want to ask? What is important a man’s life or which doctor will be chief? Please keep me from falling into the big I! I’m the greatest; I’m the most important person around here. Please Lord; keep me from that type of an attitude.
Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
It’s totally up to each of us; we can be proud or we can be humble.