walk in the word
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” —luke 24:28-32
The walk to Emmaus by two disciples and their unexpected companion, Jesus, has to be one of the greatest strolls in history. The extended passage in Luke leaves us with three results of time spent with Jesus.
Here’s the first clue that indicates you’ve been spending time with Jesus: Is your heart burning? “And they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?’” Is there something stirring within you, a sense that this is a reality that you have not recognized before? Only God can do that in your heart. They had that experience. They were like, “That was awesome when He was talking to us, wasn’t it!?”
“Yes, it was! It was awesome!”
“Did you feel your heart burning?”
“Yes, I did.”
Second, does your time with Jesus deepen your faith that Christ is risen? (v. 33-34). “And they rose that same hour. . .” (v.33) Eyes opened. Day not over. And they hurried back to where they had come from. “ . . . and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared. . .’” (v. 34). I believe! I see it now!
The third clue that you’ve been with Christ is an irresistible desire to confess Christ before others. “Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He was known to them (how their eyes were opened) in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35).
Prayer: Father, thank You for “showing up” regularly in my life. Forgive me when I don’t notice. Forgive me when I take what You say for granted. And forgive me for those times when, after I realize that You have been with me, I don’t let what You’ve taught me change my life. Please open my eyes to see You walking with me today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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