So…Where Does It Go From Here?
“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:31-32 (NKJV)
So it’s the next day after a weekend of “Power and Purpose” tent revival and this laborer is in a mindset of wonder. When that tent arrived it felt like a triumphal entry of sorts. There were many prayers lifted up, that Egg Harbor City needed to wake up out of its deep spiritual sleep. I went back to the site where the tent was erected at Lincoln Park in Egg Harbor City. Over by the park gazebo was one of the locals, leaning up against its railing having coffee, he waves at me and says, “It was somethin’ else wasn’t it?” “That it was” I replied then I took a moment to reflect and started to walk to my truck.
In the short distance from where I was to my truck a thought came across my mind…The Road to Emmaus. And not so much the whole story but the part where they ask this question “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Over the three days and three nights that this event took place that park was full of people “talking Torah”. For the most part there was no distinction of denomination during these conversations. Just folks talking about the need for salvation in our lives and the importance of God being welcomed in the community again as well as getting people back into corporate worship.
It was spontaneous Christian fellowship that came with spontaneous Christian hospitality. Those two disciples on the road also experienced this first hand with The Savior Himself. Who else would be better suited to open The Scriptures up then Jesus Christ? And as He tells them of Himself, His life, sufferings, death and resurrection these two disciples become fervent in spirit, though they did not see Him. His words came with such evidence, such power, and sweetness that their hearts glowed within themselves. Their affections were heightened and the Word was like a burning fire within them. We could say that they knew somewhat what it was like to be baptized with fire. Amen?
During his lament over the ridicule he was receiving, the prophet Jeremiah said this, “If I say, “I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9) None the matter of his circumstance, Jeremiah would remember YHVH’s previous deliverances. And as he waves his personal liberties, Paul would write this in 1 Corinthians 9:16, “For if I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” I would say fines examples of men holding on to His Word in their hearts.
As I surveyed the worn-out grass where people trended and danced upon (yeah there was dancing) I mediated on the spiritual uplifting that was present here. It was as if Jesus Himself had been in our midst, opening up Scripture and sharing those things that concerned Himself, but He used us to do it. And just as Jesus cleansed the Temple of its dishonesty so Lincoln Park was cleared out of its dishonesty (for that moment) and just like the story the spiritually blind and lame came to this place for healing. But…now that it is over where does it go from here? Did revival take root in this small town? I guess that will be an exercise in the faith of His people.
Quote of the day: “What can stop this work of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Only one thing—our refusal to allow Him to work in us. Once we are born again spiritually, we cannot remove the Holy Spirit from our lives, but we can willfully choose not to respond to Him as He seeks to lead and guide us daily.”—Charles Stanley
Verse to Memorize: But the path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like a deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19 ESV