“They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” Mark 10:37, 40.
Two of Jesus’ disciples, James and John, who were spurred on by their mother, thought differently at the beginning of their ministry, and asked Jesus if they could expect to be rewarded by juicy promotions in His kingdom. Jesus rejected this notion of careerism in his kingdom, insisting that his disciples must deny themselves and follow Him, with the mind to “serve as leader”, instead of carrying around the mind to “Lord as leader.” He made them realise that Heavenly posts are for the “readily chosen by God”, yet everyone will be rewarded by God.
Our calling or vocation is to follow Christ, not to lord it over others in the name of Christ. Many people make the mistake of confusing career with vocation. A vocation is not a career. It is a way of life, and, for the Christian, that way of life is one modeled on the life of Christ. Regrettably, few seem to appreciate this to the detriment of Christ’s church on earth.
Sincerely, God would like us to take His work serious as we would for our “secular career”, but the excessiveness, Lording character, pursuance of earthly gain, being without meekness and many more -are the reasons why He made “No room for career promotions in the Lord’s kingdom; but desire only a life of self-denial and loving service.” You can do it, You can make it, and continue to be a model~ Peace be unto You!