Sunday: April 26, 2020
Reference text: Luke 24:13-35
Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Some encounters and words literally set up a fire in our hearts. They ignite new flames of passion and enthusiasm while triggering sensational ideas in the minds of people almost as if these fires already existed but required some stoking. Yet, it is not enough that these words are heard and only set up burning hearts, they ought to inspire a physical response to them. That is the start of making real differences.
A heart set on fire alone therefore does not cut it, it is the accompanying response in action that affirms the veracity of this burning from within. The kind of fires described by the disciples enroute to Emmaus were not visible for others to see, the only tangible evidence was the response they showed. For after this encounter, they abandoned all plans for Emmaus and returned to Jerusalem.
Sweetheart, fire whether visible or not will draw attention to it and on every occasion, elicits a response from others: to quench it, leave it as it is or create an even bigger blaze. Therefore, on our part, we are invited to respond with a massive transformation when a fire is ignited in our hearts. A transformation that has the potential to change who we are and what we do. But those changes are possible when the one who can set our hearts continually on fire, Jesus, becomes part of our walk and talk.