A Mother’s Request(A)

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons(B) came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,(C) asked a favor of him.

21 “What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”(D)

22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup(E) I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup,(F) but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant(G) with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,(H) 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man(I) did not come to be served, but to serve,(J) and to give his life as a ransom(K) for many.”

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Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me(A) I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,(B) so in Christ we, though many, form one body,(C) and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts,(D) according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,(E) then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;(F) if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;(G) if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;(H) if it is giving, then give generously;(I) if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere.(J) Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.(K) 10 Be devoted to one another in love.(L) Honor one another above yourselves.(M) 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,(N) serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope,(O) patient in affliction,(P) faithful in prayer.(Q) 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.(R) Practice hospitality.(S)

14 Bless those who persecute you;(T) bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.(U) 16 Live in harmony with one another.(V) Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.(W)

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.(X) Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.(Y) 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.(Z) 19 Do not take revenge,(AA) my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d](AB) says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e](AC)

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:6 Or the
  2. Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others
  3. Romans 12:16 Or willing to do menial work
  4. Romans 12:19 Deut. 32:35
  5. Romans 12:20 Prov. 25:21,22