Lenten Devotion Day 28

You Only Think You Want It

John and James

Does this story remind you of your kids? James and John ask for a big, REALLY big favor. They want to sit beside Jesus, one on each side, when He, and they, get to Heaven. Gee, that’s not much to ask! Jesus is quick to point out that there is a high price to pay for those seats and He doesn’t think James and John are prepared or qualified to pay that price.

The other disciples become angry when they hear them talking. Jesus puts an end to this discussion when He explains that the first will become the last and the last will become the first. Then Jesus says one of the most wonderful things. “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

In our society today, many people are focused on status. They want bigger and better. They want to impress. It isn’t enough to keep up with the Jones. We have to outdo them. This definitely is NOT what Jesus would do!

How do we instill a sense of servanthood in our children today? How can we help them understand that people are more important than things and status is fleeting? I suppose the best way is by following Jesus. We need to set an example for our children. We need to help them make the right decisions. We need to make certain they understand the price that must be paid, not always in cash, for the things we want. Then, we need to remind ourselves of the importance of these lessons in our lives as well.

Discussion Questions

1. How do you teach your children there is a price to be paid for the things they want, a price other than monetary?

2. How do you remind yourself of the price to be paid for the things you THINK you want?

3. Do you model servanthood in your life?

4. Have you ever talked to your children about servanthood?

5. How can you become more servant conscious in your life?

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