20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. 21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” (Matthew 20:20-23, NRSV)
I have always found this verse interesting. Because we confess weekly in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. Now I know James and John’s mother didn’t know this when she was asking but the one that would be on Jesus’ left would be sitting on the throne of God. I say this to say do we always know what we are asking?
It is not for us to decide who sits where at the heavenly banquet. I mean can you imagine that seating chart!
We are to follow and serve and known that God will always look out for us.
So where do you want to sit?