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20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom."
I want the best for my family, and I work hard trying to provide for them.
I also get bummed out when I can't provide the best for them, like a nice big house with a yard for the kids to play in instead of an apartment.
We don't always have the finest food to eat and sometimes we scrounge to find enough money to buy the food we need.
Most of the times we can only afford Taco Bell or McDonalds instead of eating at a nice restaurant where a waitress serves you.
My wife is a very good shopper and she buys a lot of our clothes and the children's clothes and even toys at the thrift store.
Sometimes she does splurge and goes to Wal-Mart.
Now I'm not telling you this so you can feel sorry for my family and me, because God ALWAYS provides for us.
But sometimes the things we consider the best for our families is not always what's best.
Read today's devotional verse again and see.
Here the mother of Zebedee's sons wanted the best for her sons. She wanted her sons to sit right next to Jesus in His kingdom. Now wouldn't we all be proud as parents if we knew our children where sitting right next to Jesus in heaven.
Even though she wanted the best for her sons, it wasn't what God wanted.
I think a more appropriate question for Jesus would have been, "Can my sons enter Your kingdom with You?"
Now that is what would really make us all happy, to know that when we go to heaven that our children will be there also.
So if you want to really give your family the best according to God's will, share Jesus with them everyday, whether reading to them, or watching Christian videos, or listening to and singing praise songs with them, or just showing them Jesus in your life everyday.
The worldly things you can give them will perish, but the Godly things will live with them for all eternity.