JOCKEYING FOR POSITION! If you have ever watched a horse race you know how important position is at certain times in the race. And like jockeys on horses in a race many people go through life jockeying for position and attempting to be first in life whatever they do regardless of how their attempts affect the lives of others. This is nothing new and Satan uses this selfish desire to keep people from actually achieving what God desires for each of us. The Apostles also encountered this problem in their own lives. One such occasion is found in Matthew 20:20-28 NIV. John and James accompanied by their mother approached Jesus and their mother asked Jesus to, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom,” (v.21). Give Mom and the sons credit because they believed who Jesus was and they believed the facts concerning the future He promised. But Jesus replied, “These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father,” (v.23). In other words quit jockeying for positions. The outcome has already been decided. End of story. Well, not totally.
“When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers,” (24). All this carnal jockeying for position usually will cause conflict. Jesus then had a team meeting, “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, (v.25—28). It may be time for another Team meeting among Christians and proclaim the truth loud and clear; our position in life is to be as servants to the world and the body of Christ just like Jesus was. When the Church should be washing feet, healing wounds, meeting the spiritual needs of those lost people around us, caring for the hungry, the poor and the downtrodden, protecting the lives of the unborn and proclaiming the Word of God without compromise we are too often jockeying for positon in the world and building little “Christian empires.” All of us who are Christians need to fall to our knees and pray until the mind of Christ fills us and we become humble servants like Christ instead of Christians jockeying for position in the world or in the Church of God.