Servants: If we want to become “somebodies” in the kingdom of heaven, then we must become “nobodies” here; we must become the servants of all – especially to those from whom we expect no praise or thanks. Here, in Mark 10, James and John ask Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you … Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”  Their question is logical, right? After all, Jesus came to serve people, right?
Cross-Bearing: He replied, in effect, “You like glory? You want the right and the left? Then drink my cup. Prepare to suffer and die. You want to be great? Then be a servant. You want to be first? Then choose to be last.” Why? “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  This is a call to radical discipleship. It is a call to suffering and service. Many of us think that, since Jesus went to the cross, we do not have to suffer. But Christ calls us to share in his suffering if we want to share in his glory. As Paul wrote, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” 
Serves: In our cross-bearing, however, Jesus serves us. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” He may call us to an incredibly difficult discipleship, but he serves us in it. This is what we consider during Lent; as we meditate on the sufferings of Christ, we take up our own crosses, knowing that Jesus now serves us. As the Scriptures promise, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” 
Prayer: Lord, We confess that we often misunderstand your call to discipleship. We want the glory, but we fear the cross-bearing. Teach us that, although the cross-bearing may be difficult, it is through the cross that we gain glory and, therefore, you serve us that we may serve others. Give us courage, then, to share in your suffering so that we may share in your glory. Amen.
 Mark 10:35, 37 ESV |  Mark 10:45 ESV |  Romans 8:16-17 ESV (emphasis mine) |  2 Chronicles 16:9 ESV