For Goodness’ Sake: Devotional Day 1

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sermon Series: For Goodness’ Sake?
Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,[b] 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


*Gather with your family, friends, small group or Sunday school class and discuss these questions in depth.

1. First read chapter 20, verses 17-19. In these verses, Jesus is prophesying what is going to happen to Him in the coming days.

2. The mother of James & John (both disciples of Jesus) is the mother of Zebedee. What does she ask of Jesus?

3. Refer back to verses 17-19. Why does Jesus say “You do not know what you are asking” in verse 22?

4. When Jesus says, “Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” what does He mean by that? How do James and John respond?

5. In verse 23, Jesus reveals something about the Kingdom of Heaven: that God has a specific place prepared for each of us in Heaven.

6. In verse 24, Scripture tells us that the other disciples (10) were angered or annoyed because they felt the other two were getting unfair treatment. What did Jesus grant to the two brothers? Was it anything to be jealous of?

7. There is a theme of heirarchy in Biblical times. How does Jesus challenge this concept?

8. Why do we serve others? What’s the main purpose?


1. Where do you rank YOURSELF on the priority scale? Be honest. Who do you put before yourself? Who do you put behind yourself?

2. How can you serve others better in the community?

3. How can you serve others better on a daily basis?

4. Serving others unselfishly can sometimes lead them to ask, “Why are you doing this?” What would you answer them?

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