December 30

“They said to each other, ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He was speaking with us on the road, while He was explaining the scriptures to us?’” (Luke 24:32)

After Jesus departed from these two individuals, they acknowledged to one another how their time with Jesus had greatly moved them. Are we moved by the presence and Word of God anymore? The phrase, “our hearts burn within us” not only speaks of enlightenment but even more of emotion. Yes, God desires to touch every area of our being including our emotions. He wants to kindle our spiritual flame. He desires to set us on fire for Him, to burn for Him, to be consumed passionately with Him. This is what took place in the hearts of these two followers of Christ and it is something that God desires to do in all our lives. Jesus told His followers early in His ministry, “Get dressed for service and keep your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35). Is our heart burning for God at this moment? If so, then keep burning for Him. If not, let God rekindle your spiritual flame so that you may be set on fire for Jesus Christ. The world desperately needs spiritual light – light that only comes from an accurate and clear understanding of who Jesus is. It therefore behooves us as Christ’s followers to burn or shine for Him (see Matthew 5:14-16).

God moved in the hearts of these two individuals as He spoke to them and opened the scriptures up to them. Are we allowing God to speak into our lives through His Word? This is His primary instrument to move us, to light a fire in us, to even rekindle the spiritual flame that was once present within us. We must always be mindful of the supernatural power contained in the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Allow the power of His Word to penetrate your life today and trust and believe in the power of His Word to work in others’ lives as well. Paul tells the Christians in Rome, “Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11). The word Paul uses for “enthusiastic” means to be passionate and on fire. Oh, that we would let God stir in our hearts, move us, and set us on fire. “Do not extinguish the spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).