The time was coming near when Jesus would leave and go back to heaven. He decided to go to Jerusalem. Jesus sent some men ahead of him. The men went into a town in Samaria to make everything ready for Jesus. But the people there would not welcome Jesus because he was going toward Jerusalem. James and John, the followers of Jesus, saw this. They said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?" But Jesus turned and scolded them. Then Jesus and his followers went to another town.
— Luke 9:51-56 NLT
As hard as it is to accept, some folks just aren't ready to meet Jesus. They will simply reject him because of his race, his gender, his time in history or the prejudices that people have developed about his followers. Our response shouldn't be anger and hostility—these attitudes use up too much energy and damage our hearts. Instead, our response should be doing good when and where we can, and when we are rejected, we just move on to the next open door. Some day later, the closed door may open and many may come to know Jesus when the time in their hearts is right—just as it so happened at a later time with the Samaritans (see John 4 and Acts 8).
Father, when folks reject Jesus before even giving him a chance, please keep me patient and hopeful, but not bogged down or resentful. Help me see the open doors you have placed before me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 9:5
- John 4:39-42
- Acts 8:25
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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