“Jesus said, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I am about to drink?’ ‘Oh, yes,’ they replied, ‘we are able!’”Matt. 20:22
Jesus, after being asked about placing James and John at His right and left in His coming kingdom, say emphatically that they are able to drink the cup that is before Jesus. Much like Peter stating that he will follow Jesus to prison and even to death, the disciples fall short when push comes to shove.
After Jesus has been speaking with them about pride and becoming like children to be great in the Kingdom of Heaven, they still don’t get it. They still desire to be seen at the top. Then the disciples all get into it, and show that they all don’t get it.
Jesus then lets them know that if they really want to lead, they need to serve (filling the servant role to others).
To be at the top requires one to bring their shovel, because to move up in the Kingdom requires one to move down. Jesus also lets them know that He will be showing them the example when He gives His live for them, and for us, on the cross!
If we are in a church that is looking to become multiethnic, then we are going to need to find ways to help all sorts of other people become leaders. We will need to move different people up the ladder. To show signs of greatness (from a Kingdom standpoint) is to help those around us become great.