Read Mark 10 today.

This is another chapter in Mark filled with many stories and lessons.
I am surprised every time I read these words in verse 37, “we want to sit in places of honor.” I realize I have the benefit of knowing the bigger story of Jesus’ ministry than the disciples were capable of knowing. They were stuck in the middle as it was unfolding. Still, I wonder how they could have thought their desire to sit in places of honor would sit well with Jesus.
As I think of the application of this story for us, are there things we do, the sole purpose of which is to receive the honor or applause of those who around us? Do we serve in order to be recognized? Or do we serve because serving has become part of our character?
Mark 10:35-37, 41-45 NLT
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” [36] “What is your request?” he asked. [37] They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
[41] When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. [42] So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. [43] But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. [45] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”