And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” Mark 10:35-36
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
When James and John asked the Lord to do for them whatever they wanted, He did not say: “How dare you?” He was wiling to do whatever they asked for. And when they told Him what they wanted, He did not get upset. He did not even tell them that they were arrogant. He did not question their motivations. The Lord has nothing against spiritual ambition. He has nothing against our requests. We can ask again and again and He will be willing to bless us. He is the one who said: “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7 ).
However, as with John and James, He will tell us the cost of what we ask for, the cup we ought to drink before being granting the desire of our heart. Whatever you are asking the Lord at this moment, it comes with a cost: the cost of being a slave. To be a slave is not easy. A slave has no right, no dream. His only purpose is to obey his master. A slave has no dignity. He is willingly humble or he is humiliated. A slave owns nothing, but he owes his master everything.
Are you praying to get married: are you ready to be your spouse’s slave? Are you praying for that promotion, that new house: are you ready to be your boss, your neighbours’ slave? Being a slave is not easy. It demands a lot of humility: more than we are willing to have. But humility will always be the key to get everything from God, even the most important: Himself (Isaiah 57:15). So let’s fight for it.