Luke 9:54 (KJV) And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
We may not be able to control where we come from, but with the Lord, in our lives, we can control who we become.
What words would your friends or family use to describe you? Jesus referred to two brothers, James and John, as Sons of Thunder.
Why? As a quick insight of these brothers and their fiery personalities in the Gospel of Luke.
After the Samaritan people rejected them, James and John asked Jesus if they should call down fire from heaven to consume the village.
Jesus rebuked them for their impulse to retaliate and to handle things independent of the Lord.
Yet that’s not the end of their story. Jesus worked in these brothers’ lives so that they became known not for anger and revenge, but for love and forgiveness.
James was the first of the twelve apostles to give his life for his faith. He was killed in Jerusalem by the order of Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:1-2).
John is referred to as the “disciple Jesus loved. Apostle John went on to write powerful words on the importance of love and became an important leader of the church.
Church tradition has held that John is the author of the Gospel of John and four other books of the New Testament, the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation.
Though the two brothers had once been ambitious for their own personal gain, they ended up ambitiously sharing God’s love with others for their spiritual gain.
Servant leaders learn the gift of helping and serving others as a way of life.
These brothers James and John discovered that when you understand and experience God’s love, you are free to live and grow.
And as you grow and share with others, you will be used by God to touch the lives of many in need of God’s healing help.
Leaders and emerging leaders who pattern their lives after Jesus are called to accomplish their organization’s goals by meeting the needs of others, especially those they lead and serve.
The higher calling of leadership. It’s not about how successful we are or how high we’ve climbed, but what we do with our leadership to serve God and others.
Point to ponder
Can you relate to the anger and selfish ambition of these men? If so, be encouraged by God’s work in their lives.
The Lord wants to do the same in you and me. Have an amazing week great people of God.
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