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Matthew 20:27-28 And whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
From the human viewpoint, the training given to James was wasted: all that time of discipleship with Jesus, all the teaching and example, all the understanding of the inner circle—and then to be killed when his real ministry of leadership had just begun. No labor in God’s name is in vain.
James once wanted prominence and position. He obtained them but not as he had imagined. He became a saint rather than Jesus’ grand vizier. And he became so not by his ability or by pulling wires but by witnessing and suffering for Jesus.
We may long for greatness, and we can have it: the greatness thrust upon us by those we loved while they ill-treated and persecuted us.
MOVING FORWARD: What may be holding you back? Offer it up to Jesus—ask him for direction and peace.
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