20Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. Matthew 20:20-22
I had a wonderful after noon with my son in the ministry. There are a couple of guys that might could be called “my sons in the ministry”. However, I am literally referring to my son, Thatcher. Tonight was the 2nd night that our church ran a bus into a nearby neighborhood. I knew that God was going to do big things with the these team in the “Friends that Need a Ride Ministry” and I wanted a front row seat!
So I took my 19 month old son with me. He wore his Mexico soccer jersey, we were in an area with many people from Mexico, and followed me around the neighborhood. I can not express to you how much I loved seeing my little boy sing along (or at least tried) to sing along with the songs on the bus. Following up on a lead from the bus captain my son was able to have his first visitor come to church tonight. I did the talking for him but he was there right beside me.
I would be lying to you if I told you I did not want my son to grow up and go into what is referred to as “full time ministry”. As I imagine the dedicated fireman wouldn’t tell you he did want his son to be a fireman. I do not believe that Thatcher needs to be a youth pastor to serve God. He could do one of a million things to glorify our God. I do hope he does find a calling whether it be in the business or church world.
This after noon while riding the bus I thought about this story from my daily Bible reading. It brought a very sober feeling to me as I prayed that go would take my son and allow him to serve God with His life. I knew that this meant that he may spend many more afternoons in neighborhoods breaking a lite sweat working on a bus route and that would be great. It might mean he would form a Great Commission Company. It also might mean that he might die a martyrs death as a missionary in a closed country.
The mother of the children of Zebedee didn’t know exactly what she was asking for. I do not know exactly what it is I am asking for my children. With that being said I do not know what is in store for me. The sons of Zebedee when asked if they could drink of the same cup as the Lord they said “we are able”.
May my heart be set and stayed on giving my life and the life of my family completely to the disposal of our King for whatever He may desire for us!
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