The Burning Heart

By: Woody Godbey

I woke up this morning with my esophagus on fire. I had a reflux attack that felt like a burning fire in my throat, heart, and stomach.  So, that sparked a sermon about Christians and our need for a burning heart.

In Luke 23: 13-35 we have the story of the two disciples on the Emmaus road. On the resurrection day the risen Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus as they walked and talked about Him and the things that had recently happened. They were disappointed and disillusioned men. Their faith was at an all-time low and their hopes were dashed. Even though Jesus had told them He would rise on the third day, they seemed not to have grasped the reality of this, and they were kept from recognizing Him on the road. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and why they were so sad. In reply, they told Him the things He already knew. The disciples didn’t know it was

Jesus, even as He began to explain the Old Testament Scriptures concerning Himself. When they came to the village to which they were traveling they convinced the stranger to stay the night with them, and as He broke bread and gave it to them, their eyes were opened, and they knew it was Jesus. He disappears from them, they make this powerful statement, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Listen to me folks, a burning heart is a heart which is set on fire and consumed with Jesus. I believe that every Christian should have a burning heart, and yet very few of us do have a burning heart. I know I have a problem keeping the fire going in my heart. So many things can have the effect of quenching the fire for Jesus in our hearts, things like holding to the values of the world; failing to recognize ungodly heart attitudes; discontentment with the circumstances of life; self-centeredness and selfishness; bitterness, the fiery darts of the devil and much more.

There are two main sources that give us a burning heart.  First is the Word of God. Those first disciples found their hearts burned as they listened to Jesus and He opens the Scriptures to them. Jeremiah said, “His word is in my heart like a fire.” Love for God’s Word is evidence of our love for Him. It fuels the fire in the burning heart.

Secondly, God’s Spirit is a fire. On the Day of Pentecost small flames of fire rested on each person present. From that day on they were set on fire, their hearts burning with love and passion for Jesus, which compelled them to make Him known to a lost world and fulfill the great commission. Let’s work to get our hearts on fire! God Bless!