Call Down Fire! (Luke 9)

And when his disciples James and John saw it [villages not willing to receive Jesus] , they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.

It is easy to be so caught-up in your own decision to follow the Lord all the way that you can become frustrated with those who are not “all in.” The disciples felt this when they saw the villages, places where Jesus had done some amazing things, who didn’t want too much Jesus. It was fine for Jesus to pass through and do some good, but when he wanted to stay there… that was a bit much for them. We may want to “call down fire” on the lukewarm, but don’t. Don’t waste your energy worrying about someone else’s commitment level, don’t cast your pearls before swine. Just leave the door open and move along to those who do have a desire to follow Jesus, there are plenty who’ve not yet been asked.

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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