“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” - Luke 24:32
Two men were walking and talking about everything they had heard and seen in the days after Jesus was resurrected. Jesus himself drew near and walked with these men explaining the scriptures. The men, however, did not recognize who he was until after the fact. As Jesus spoke to them, their hearts were burning within, which is a sure sign of a soul being stirred up and led to forgiveness.
This is what the Bible does to people, especially when you get a hold of some of the simplest truths within it. It is hard to come away from reading it or learning more about a passage without your soul being stirred and convicted. Unfortunately though, in this present day, Christians aren’t as locked in as they ought to be when it comes to Bible reading. Christianity becomes “Churchianity” and the soul goes unfed and malnourished by the droning on of the Sunday routine. We consider it a victory to get ourselves (and family) to church on Sunday.
If you are in a particularly dry season with scripture reading, there is no better time than now to start over! If you’ve never read the Bible, or don’t care to read it, or don’t believe any of it to be true, can I invite you to give it some honest effort anyway? I’m surprised by the number of people who say the Bible isn’t true, or it contradicts itself, etc. but when I ask them to give me an example, they can’t produce one. There are a lot of people parroting what other “experts” say on both sides of this, Christian or not. The bottom line is God wants you to do the work. Not a pastor or a speaker. Not a scientist or a theologian. He desires you to dig into his word and see for yourself.
The two men caught a glimpse of Christ on the way to Emmaus. This was a seven mile journey from Jerusalem and they never knew who he was. If they had acted on the truth burning within them they would have known.
Lay it all down! Christ is worth it.