“… anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant”
Jesus was anxious to prepare his disciples for his impending torture and death in Jerusalem as this was the third occasion he spoke about it. Yet two of his followers, James and John, had missed the implications of his words. They were more focused on the afterlife and wanted guarantees as to their position when he came into his kingdom. They felt, since they could “drink the cup” Jesus would drink they were entitled to such a position.
Jesus set them right by focusing on the here and now. If anyone wanted to occupy a distinctive position in this earthly life, then they must be at the service of others. Any position of true leadership or authority is one where service is the foundation, and the focus is this present life.
We are challenged to keep our feet firmly planted here and to be humble in our service of one another, like Jesus. There is no sense in focusing on the beyond which is out of our hands.