Prejudice and disrespect are hot topics right now.
If we feel someone is disrespecting us, it’s a big deal. We can lose our temper. Riots can even break out if the conflict is big enough.
It was like that in the time of Jesus too.
“When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?’ Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.” (This story is from the Bible in the book of Luke, chapter 9 verses 51-56.)
That last part makes me laugh. James and John are just so relatable! These Samaritans are being disrespectful to Jesus. They are even being prejudice against Him based on where He is headed.
James and John have the natural human response. They get fired up. They’re ready to start a riot. Call down fire from heaven.
Jesus doesn’t pressure us into a relationship.
He calls us. It’s our choice whether we answer.
If someone is disrespectful or prejudice against Him, He’ll simply move on.
Jesus would never take away our free will.
The choice is entirely up to us.
Of course Jesus will never give up on us. He’ll never stop loving us or longing for us to love Him back.
We are welcome any time, but he’s not going to pressure us into a relationship with fire and brimstone. There will be no riots or tantrums from Jesus if we don’t follow Him.
Just a deep longing in His heart for us to come home.