THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 9:51-56
“Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them ?” (Luke 9:54)
James and John were called the sons of thunder, and we see why (Mark 3:17).
They seemed to have a thirst for power, and for using it (Mark 10:35f).
They were followers of Jesus, yet they did not know the Spirit of Jesus.
Sadly through history the church has been a lot like James and John.
As the church came into power, it used that power to crush their opponents.
This is not unique to the church, it is seen in all humans.
But one would think that being with Jesus would change that.
In fact, this is what should happen, and the whole purpose of Jesus.
Our hearts should be on fire, but not the fire of anger, greed, lust, etc.
Jesus did not come to strike down our enemies, but to crush the enemy in us.
It is our own drive for self, greed, power, revenge, etc. that must die.
Jesus is challenging us to look within at our own impulses and desires.
Does my heart reflect the Jesus Way – of love, joy, peace, grace, mercy?
Am I led more by greed or generosity, lust or love, anger or mercy?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You rebuke me in love, to expose my selfish impulses and ignite Your loving impulses. Set my heart on fire for Your love!!