Mark 10.32-52 contains the most direct teaching Jesus offers in Mark’s Gospel on discipleship and leadership. Prompted by his disciples’ jockeying for position in Jesus’ new government, Jesus sees their runaway desire for glory and preeminence and knows it will ruin them. They want to be great. They want to be first. Jesus doesn’t actually argue with that. But he does say they’re doing it the wrong way. Everything they’re holding onto has to go. Blind Bartimaeus gets to be the hero of the chapter, showing what it looks like to let go of everything for the sake of the kingdom. May we too have the courage to align our hands, feet, and eyes with Jesus.