Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21“What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
22“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.
23Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
24When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25Jesus 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. 26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mrs. Zebedees wanted to shape her children spiritually just like all God-loving women. See ways that we can model that:
- Model a sincere faith – Have fun and celebrate life. You can even be a little goofy. My kids love to laugh at my silly shenanigans!
- Be committed to your walk with Jesus – “Faith is not taught; it is caught.” (Paster Bryan, Ph.D.)
- Do it all your life – Teach them to be significant in the Kingdom–serve meekly or lowly–in other words, you can”let things go” knowing that God is in charge.
- God loves the “gracious” – Whenever you accept Jesus, you will receive what the people before you receive (The story in the Bible of when the manager hired people at noon, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm–they all received the same pay.)
- Be kind – This was portrayed when the woman “with a past” washed Jesus feet with her entire bottle of expensive perfume. The apostles were indignant at this, but she was going “beyond what was right and just.”
- Be patient and trusting – Speak to people in terms of what God can make them. Let your children know that you believe in them!
- Honor your mother and father – Remember that no one on earth is perfect. I use to have trouble with this one, but now I know that they did the best job that they knew how. I was loved and taken care of in the way they were taught.
Most of all–as women of God– we need to “LET IT HAPPEN. DON’T MAKE IT HAPPEN.” Remember that God loves your children even more than you do.