Jesus Offers a No-Pressure Relationship

“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.

I love this story, and that last part makes me laugh. How many times are we like James and John when someone doesn’t believe what we believe. We get all in a tizzy and want to call down fire from heaven to consume them.

Not Jesus. 

He’s not going to pressure anyone into believing in Him. He would never take away our free will. If we don’t want to welcome him, He’ll move on. It’s that simple.

Of course He never gives up on us. We are welcome any time we change our mind. But he’s not going to pressure us into anything with fire and brimstone. 

In our life, we might have come across a few people like James and John. They’re ready to call down the wrath of God when they see us rejecting beliefs they hold dear. 

I know I’ve encountered people like that. If I’m being honest, I’ve been that person as well. When we are passionate about our love for someone or something it’s hard to hold back. 

However, it’s important to remember that is the human response. That is not the way Jesus operates. Jesus gives us space, understanding, and the time we need to come around to Him in our own way. 

Jesus doesn’t pressure us into a relationship. He calls us.

It’s our choice whether we answer.

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