Day 13: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Written by Pastor Kelsey 

Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word. 

READ: Luke 24:13-35 

My husband and I often have … “discussions” about what is and isn’t urgent, especially when it comes to our home. When we find ourselves with an open hour on the weekend to get something done, we tend to disagree. He thinks the most urgent task is raking the pine needles or fixing a loose board on the backyard fence. To me, that board can stay that way until Jesus returns… the pantry however definitely, URGENTLY needs reorganizing! 

My heart is gripped with a sense of urgency over a number of different things. Here in this passage, I am drawn to the urgency and conviction of these disciples. Jesus revealed to them the truth of who he is on that seven mile trek from Jerusalem to Emmaus. However, it took them hours to realize they were talking to the resurrected Lord. But once they did, they uttered one of my favorite lines in the Bible: “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us?” (v. 32)

Then, even though it was getting late (v.29), they were back on the road to Jerusalem within the hour (v. 33) to share the good news of his resurrection with the rest of the disciples. This passage challenges me to reorient what I consider “urgent.” Often as believers we can fall into the urgency of day-to-day life, and the gospel loses its place of urgency in our hearts. How might we recapture that today? 

REFLECT:
Take a moment to remember what it was like when you first believed that Jesus is the Son of God. How might you remember your first love (Rev. 2:4) today? 

PRAY:
For the Emmaus disciples, the truth of the resurrected Jesus brought a joyful urgency to their lives. Who in your life still needs Jesus? Pray for their salvation, and for the Holy Spirit to provide an opportunity for you to share the life-giving truth of the gospel with them.

FAMILY MOMENT:
Share with one another one person for whom you’re praying to know Jesus. Pray together for opportunities to share Jesus with them.