All who can relate to Zebedee's wife, now raise your hand! Come on, now. . . .surely more of you have felt the way she did.
The mother of Zebedee's sons (James and John) probably loved her children very much. She also saw how her boys were so loyal and faithful to the Master. She must have seen something extraordinary in her sons (don't we all?) and felt like they deserved a little elevation over the rest of the crowd.
"Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, 'What do you wish?' She said to Him, 'Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom" (Matthew 20:20-21).
Never mind the other 10 who had also given the last 3 years in service to this Man. Mrs. Zebedee wanted to make sure her boys were remembered and remembered well.
Yet, can the mothers out there not relate to Mrs. Z? Do we not want the very "best" for our own children? How many of us hope for college degrees and new or, at least, almost new cars? We may desire for them 6 digit incomes and homes in gated-communities (or maybe a large home with lots of acreage). Even when they are young, how many of us bring the cameras for the recitals and games or perhaps special ceremonies, hoping to catch on memory card that beautiful child at the piano or maybe that homerun or winning goal?
How many pictures of my own children do I have holding their special trophy?
Mrs. Zebedee wanted greatness for her children, and she measured it with position, power, and prestige. Are we that different from her?
We should be. We have the rest of the story, right in our own Bibles.
"but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:26b-28).
Christ does not measure greatness the way we so often do. He measures it by service.
Perhaps that should be one of the great hopes for our children (and ourselves)--that they will lay down their lives in service to others and in service to the King.
With my children at home, I still have so much influence in this area. We have rewarded what we call a "servant's heart" for many years. It is slowly showing fruit. For example, when one child spills his or her drink, 2 will usually jump up to grab towels and help clean up the mess.
I am so blessed when I see this, but do I rejoice over these acts of service the same way I do when my child is acknowledged in a ceremony for some temporal accomplishment?
I pray that I will not only encourage and disciple my children in service to others and the Lord but also value those qualities as He does.
How do you or have you discipled your children in serving? What are some practical ways to help other moms incorporate this into their children's discipleship?
In the Heart of our Home,