There is a bad kind of heartburn: The kind that comes from a failure to digest and process certain foods, causing a burning sensation.
And there is a good of kind of heartburn: the kind that comes from an encounter with the living Christ through His Word.
There were 2 guys who experienced this on a walk to the village of Emmaus. Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead. And He decided to pay these 2 fellas a life changing visit. As they were walking, Jesus drew near to them and asked them what they were talking about. They told him about the events of Good Friday and Easter. Jesus listened intently (as though He was not aware of His own death and resurrection!). And when they finished, Jesus began to preach His Gospel starting from Moses to the cross to the empty tomb. After breaking bread and offering it to them, their eyes were opened and they saw that this was Jesus.
How did these men describe this encounter with the risen Lord Jesus? His presence and His speech caused their hearts to burn. This was not a burning “with anger” or a burning “with conviction” or a burning “with fear.” I think their hearts burned with passion as the truth of His Words burrowed deep into their hearts and touched every part of their being.
Jesus’ words have power to create and sustain the universe. They also have power to set the human heart ablaze.
When was the last time your heart burned with passion as you encountered Christ through His Word? I hope it’s often. Romans 10:17 calls the Bible “the Words of Christ.” When we open the Bible and read, it is as though we are being visited by Christ Himself. We don’t see Him with physical eyes but we see him with the eyes of our hearts. We don’t hear Jesus speak audibly but we hear Jesus speak His words into our very souls. And we are changed.
Unlike the travelers to Emmaus, we are visited by Jesus constantly. He never leaves us because His Spirit has been given to us! And we are now invited to “let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” This dwelling of the Word will bring wisdom, direction, identity, conviction, clarity, confidence and passion that burns like a fire in our hearts.
So don’t let your heart get cold! Fan the flame with a daily encounter with the risen Christ through His Holy Word. He is with you.
With hearts happily ablaze and eager to burn even brighter,