When we begin to follow the Lord, there is so much work He has in adjusting our worldview. But when our worldview is anchored in “religious” misconceptions, it is probably one of the harder things for us to let go of. This mixture of “earthly religion” cloaked in “heavenly expression” is not something that the Lord looks past and moves on. With His disciples He is short and confrontational because of how serious the issue is. Here is an example of what I mean:
“Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.” (Luke 9:51-56)
At the time this conversation takes place, Jesus knows that He is on a mission to pave a path of salvation that will soon be revealed to all of mankind. The path in the eyes of the disciples was leading towards Jerusalem and a throne with Jesus as King. The disciples were not wrong but they were missing the cross that had to come before the throne. The Kingdom will one day be established, and His righteous judgement will one day come, but Jesus knew that this was not that season.
What season are we in? In order to have the same attitude towards others that God has, we have to be in tune with what He is doing and where He is going. He calls us as disciples to walk with Him along the path, and He gives us promises as we go. But the path also leads through seasons of pain and suffering. If the Lord brings abrupt correction into your life, don’t resist it, He is correcting your misconception so that you remain on the right path, even if that leads through a season of difficulty.