35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:35-45, NRSV)
Being a follower of Jesus is not about what we get for it.
We do not completely know what we ask, like when Jesus asked James and John if they can drink from the cup He is going to drink, which means His death, and they say yes, because they don’t get it. And neither do we. If we knew everything that was going to happen in our lives most of us would give up long before we get any where near the end. God promises to always walk with us and guide us along our journey. And our job is to believe and follow. And know that while we may not understand everything, there is a plan and it will be ok.
Follow after God and Jesus not for what you will get, but for the life you can have now and for the joy you can give to others by giving them what God has given you.
Love always and accept people where they are, because that is what God has done and is doing for you!