Today’s Scripture: But 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. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. Matthew 20:22-23

Could you imagine asking the Lord, “Which hand do I get to sit at–your right or your left?” Well, that is exactly what the Apostles did. As a matter of fact, they were fighting about it right in front of Him. But don’t be too hard on the apostles because we often have the same attitude. Although as Christians we may not want to admit it, we struggle with pride just as they did.

Who is going to sit on the right and left hand of Christ? Is it going to be people who feel that they deserve that honor? No. It will be the humble people who are going to be granted the privilege to sit at the hand of God. In our Scripture Passage, Christ says that it is not His to give those positions away. It is the Father Who determines such things.

What a humbling experience for the apostles to realize what a prideful comment they made. Often, the pride that we experience in our heart frequently rears its ugly head in our words and actions. Pride affects our testimony, which is why it is so crucial that we take care of it.

Have you found yourself being bombarded by prideful thoughts lately? Reflect upon your thoughts and actions, and let the Lord show you some areas that could use His help. You can only impress God with humility, not with pride.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder