What Is The Nature Of Your Request To Jesus?
James and John one day ask Jesus to grant them that they may sit, one on His right hand and the other on His left, in glory.
Many of us would like to believe our request are of a spiritual nature but often time we, like James and John are asking out of fleshly a nature. We have esteem, honor, gain, and immediate benefit on our mind. We wouldn't say that because it would sound selfish and we’re doing something spiritual.
We must know we are thinking immediate esteem and God is thinking character transformation and so when we receive what we asked for we want to put a return stamp on it because it’s not what we asked God for; you think, “Oh this must be for my neighbor down the street - he’s not living for the Lord so this has to be for him.”
No, it came to the right house.
You ask for that husband, wife, job, kid, business, or church, you just didn't know what it entailed. You thought esteem, but God is thinking character. Just like Jesus revealed in vv38, (Ye know not what ye ask:) can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Jesus was referring to His suffering (death on the cross) His question to them was, are you willing to die for that cause that you asked Him for? He gave up His life for we who were not honor worthy. The question is the same to you and I.
What you need to know is that what you are asking is going to cost you something, not immediate gain and esteem like you think, but immediate life change that puts you in the place of serving rather than being served like you thought.
Man’s way is honor then more honor. God’s way is service then honor you thought you were getting that brand new husband, wife, or job to be honored and God was setting you up to honor those that don't act honor worthy toward you, that sounds just like a God thing.
Know that you’re in the right place, time and marriage, don't run from your God ordained season for your character to be changed for the better. You just didn't know in totality what you were asking, we have all done it before.
(1 Peter 5:6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (A chief principle in God’s kingdom is: the way up is down)
I pray if you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal savor you would first be humbled before Him by admitting your sins have you Separated from Him and trust Him with your life not just a citation.