Summary: 1 of 2. Jesus characterized the disposition needed for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples. But what is the proper disposition? Position & power in Jesus’ disciples is tied to our...



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What is supremely difficult for anyone who ministers is that his/her ‘power & position’ is only attained thru the ‘allowance’ of others who wield power & hold position. It does not have to be officially delegated or recognized position & power.

Jesus characterized the disposition needed for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.

There is a proper disposition for holding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.

What is the proper disposition for position & power in Jesus’ disciples?

12 ties/considerations regarding position & power in Jesus’ disciples.

1—Position & power in Jesus’ disciples is tied to...

Our COMFORT Disposition(:35a)

Explanation:(:35a) Approach to Jesus

:35—“Then James & John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.””

According to Matthew’s account, rather than approaching Jesus themselves, the “mother” of James & John actually came to Him with the question.

‘Mommy’ is hovering over ‘boys’ old enough to carry out the ministry of Jesus! It is the ‘fault’ of both ‘Mommy’ & sons!

Interestingly, their approach comes on the heels of Jesus’ having related His destiny at the hands of blasphemous men.

Mk. 10:33-34—““Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, & the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests & to the scribes; & they will condemn Him to death & deliver Him to the Gentiles; & they will mock Him, & scourge Him, & spit on Him, & kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.””

Your comfort level with Christ is based on your ‘perceived’ distance from or closeness to Him.

?Why would you NOT approach Jesus?

1)Fear(1Jn. 4:18—““for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.””)

2)Disgust with Jesus.


Mat. 11:27-30—““All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, & no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, & the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor & are heavy laden, & I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you & learn from Me, for I am gentle & lowly in heart, & you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy & My burden is light.””

Heb. 4:10-16—“For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example[word heard not mixed with faith] of disobedience. For the word of God is living & powerful, & sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul & spirit, & of joints & marrow, & is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked & open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy & find grace to help in time of need.”

Mat. 13:3-9 & 19-23—“Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; & the birds came & devoured them. “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; & they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. “But when the sun was up they were scorched, & because they had no root they withered away. “And some fell among thorns, & the thorns sprang up & choked them. “But others fell on good ground & yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!””.....““When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, & does not understand it, then the wicked one comes & snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word & immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, & the cares of this world & the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, & he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word & understands it, who indeed bears fruit & produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.””

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