I’ve noticed a trend in education over the last 10 years that seems to be indicative of the world we live in. Some of my students over the years just expect things as if it were their right to have them. Of course, much of what I see in the classroom is learned behavior. Still, while most of the students I teach realize that you don’t get something for nothing, there are those who are convinced that the world exists to serve them.
It’s disheartening, really, to know that our society is beginning to evolve into a population of people that only wants what’s best for them. While this “me first” mentality appears to be a new idea, it’s actually as old as time. Sadly, there are those who even look to God as some sort of fairy, only there to dole out blessings because they think they deserve them.
In Mark 10:35, we see the apostles James and John come to Jesus with this request: “We want you to do for us whatever we ask.” Sometimes we approach God with an arrogant attitude and our own agenda. We think the Lord is there to serve our needs and not the other way around. But God already has his own plan and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get what you want. In this passage, Jesus tells these apostles, “whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45).
Jesus was the perfect example of what it looks like to put God first. He has already served us in the greatest way possible when he died to reconcile us to God. Now it’s our turn. We must give him all that we are and all that we have and be content with how he blesses us. Love God with all your heart and know that he will give you exactly what you need to fulfill his plan during your lifetime.