You don’t know what you are asking for…Part 1


In Matthew chapter 20 we have this interesting yet soul-searching story that happens between Jesus and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. This good lady, perhaps anxious about the future of her two kids who have suddenly abandoned everything they ever worked for to join this roaming preacher called Jesus, tries to find a lasting solution to the uncertainty of their future. She comes to Jesus with a very unique request:

That her two sons will be members of cabinet when Jesus is crowned King. I told you she wanted a future for her kids, and a secure one too.

Note Jesus’ response here; he does not condemn this lady for even daring to make such a request seeing she has no business in the manner in which He organises His leadership and internal politics. This tells me that what she asks for is not out of bounds for her, she can get it if…

But then Jesus answers her in this manner: “You don’t know what you are asking for”.

The question we can therefore ask is, do we sometimes ask for things from God even without fully understanding what we are asking for?

This, thus, has prompted me to ask the following questions on which we can together reflect.

  • Do you know what you really want in life?
  • Do you know what it will take to get there?
  • Are you willing to pay the price to get there?


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