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Luke 24:31-34a (NIV)
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized [Jesus], and He disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 They got up and returned at once to
Have you ever had “heart burn” while reading a passage of Scripture? I was a proud little third grader, as I walked down the long center aisle of St. Mark’s
Heart burn grabs our attention like nothing else can. If you’ve ever eaten something really spicy that did not settle well, you know the feeling I’m trying to describe. Heart burn can hurt, especially if you are being convicted of something deep down in your gut. Other times, that tingling sensation is a welcomed moment – an affirmation of call, a confirmation of direction, an encouragement to move forward in faith. Sometimes, heart burn hurts enough that you may find yourself seeking emergency medical attention in a local ER, ruling out the possibility of a heart attack. We should never ever ignore the feeling of a heart burn. It may be just the warning we need to keep us from falling into sin.
I love God’s Word. Ever since I received that red letter Bible, I’ve spent a good chunk of time pouring over its message for my life. There were seasons when I was not so faithful; I chose not to read the Word every day. God’s Word has the power to convict, and sometimes, it seemed much easier to keep it tucked safely away on a book shelf, buried behind a stack of magazines with a paper weight on top (as if that might stop the Word from speaking.) Even if you try to bury it on a shelf somewhere, God’s holy Word has the power to rise up and grab you when you least expect it.
While Cleopas and his friend walked along the seven-mile stretch from
Whenever I listen to God’s Word, whether I am reading the Scripture at home or hearing it proclaimed via satellite television or radio; and especially while sitting in worship on Sunday, my heart burns with Holy Ghost fire. God calls each of us to listen to our hearts, acknowledge His holy presence in our lives, and act with humble obedience to His call. I’m still trying, after forty-eight years, to flesh out that call. Love is an amazing thing. Because I’ve been loved so unconditionally, I cannot help but love others through Christ. It is that holy heart burn that keeps me focused on the walk back to
If you find yourself experiencing a holy heart burn today, don’t ignore the symptoms. God may be calling you for kingdom work. Seek emergency spiritual attention immediately. Go directly to church. Find your pastor and ask for discernment and wisdom. Plug into a small group Bible study, and get hooked up in the Word. When you recognize the risen Christ is standing right in front of you, be very happy! Is your heart burning now?
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC -
Pray for: eyes to see and ears to hear the Word God is speaking to you today. If you can feel a little heart burn, then you know it’s time to act. Don’t put it off or ignore it any longer. The Word speaks! Jesus is alive! He is risen indeed! Amen!
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