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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“They said to each other, ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’”—Luke 24:32 (NLT)
Have you ever eaten pizza right out of the oven? So piping hot that the sauce is pretty much boiling under the bubbly cheese? I do this every single time I eat pizza. Why? Because I like eating pizza as it was meant to be eaten: hot and melty. However, while it is immensely enjoyable, it’s also immensely painful for a few days after due to the fact that I generally burn the roof of my mouth pretty badly. Have you ever had this problem?
When you get a burn, you feel it. Why? Because a burn usually throbs and radiates, the affected areas become extremely sensitive, and any little touch sets off the receptors in your brain. In Luke 24:32, two disciples are walking on the road to a place called Emmaus after the death of Jesus. They were dejected and disillusioned. They’d just lost their greatest hope, their teacher, and their friend. When suddenly, the risen Christ appears and begins to walk and talk with them, though He made it so they wouldn’t recognize Him. But once they realized who He was, they recalled, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
You see, that’s what the Holy Spirit within us—speaking to us, guiding us, convicting us, and comforting us—feels like. It feels like something burning within us, but in the best way imaginable. His words, His power, His love . . . His Spirit in us radiates and throbs intensely when we’re attuned to Him. When we intentionally spend time with Him (John 1:39), when we open our hearts and minds to hearing from Him through His Word, through worship and prayer, and even through others, we will feel Him like we feel heat radiating from a heater on a freezing cold night.
And when that happens consistently in our lives, the burning within us will become our source of energy and fiery passion. And as we experience daily fellowship with Christ Jesus, His fire will light up our interactions with others, change our attitude, and guide our actions and words. It will begin to stoke a flame in our lives, the kind of flame that the Holy Spirit can fan into a wildfire in our hearts! So, are you gonna let it burn?
DIG: What does being on fire for Christ mean to you?
DISCOVER: Can you recall a time you felt the intense, powerful burning from the Lord within you that these disciples described?
DISPLAY: Pray today before you open the Word and ask the Lord to light up your time of fellowship with Him. Ask Him to search your heart and show you anything within you that may be hindering the flames of His Spirit.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.