Today’s Scripture Selection: Mark 10:35-39

It can get the best of us – yielding to temptation.

Even Jesus’ hand-picked disciples struggled with it.

Take, for example, James and John who came to Jesus with a rather startling request one day:

“Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking, Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We can,” they answered.

Wow.  They were so caught up in their ambition – they couldn’t see what the true cost of faithful discipleship.  They had “yielded” to temptation in that moment – the temptation to want to be great, not just in this world, but the world to come as well.

But before we judge them too harshly, think of the temptations which lure you to “yield” in some way.

For some it’s recognition, for others it’s wealth, for still others it’s power or success or self-gratification of one type or another.  And usually, if not always, such desire costs us dearly.

But there is another type of yielding.  It is yielding to God’s will and purpose for your life.  Do that and you will find joy and peace, even if at first it leads to a cross.

Prayer: Lord, help me to yield not to temptation but to the good, the noble, the life-giving, and that which is in line with your will for my life.  AMEN.

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