Elijah called fire down from heaven to consume the burnt sacrifices. This act was used to remind the Israelites that God was the one to be reverenced, not Baal.
Fast forward to Jesus’ ministry on earth.
James and John were with Jesus as He was rejected by the Samaritans. Immediately they asked if they could call down fire to destroy the people for their rudeness, citing Elijah’s fire experience.
Jesus said “I’m not here to destroy man. I’m here to save them.”
That was the difference between Elijah’s experience and James and John’s. Elijah wanted to save. James and John wanted to destroy.
How do you react when your Jesus is rejected? Do you write those people off or is your reaction one that still points them to Christ?
Use the gifts you’ve been given to lead others to Jesus, not to condemn them.