I like to go over the scriptures that were used in Sundays messages on Monday morning. It allows me to think on what was said and it allows the Holy Spirit to show me more. I encourage you to do the same. Allow the message on Sunday to feed you all week long. Yesterday, as our pastor continued his message on Encounters, we read about the story in Luke 24:13-32, commonly known as the road to Emmaus.
Verses 13-17 GNT; On that same day two of Jesus’ followers were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them; they saw him, but somehow did not recognize him. Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about to each other, as you walk along?”
This seems to be a depiction of the church today; they’ve been following Jesus for a long time, they talk about him, but wouldn’t recognize him if he were to appear out of nowhere, joining their conversation. It wasn’t until Jesus sat and broke bread together that he revealed himself to them. We can know Jesus in our heads, but until we open our hearts to him, allowing him to do his perfect work in us, we will not really know him.
This morning, you have the distinct pleasure to break bread with Jesus. That doesn’t mean just opening your bible and reading a few verses, closing it and going on your way. It means to sit with Jesus and talk with him, inviting him into your day, asking for wisdom and discernment in every decision you must make. Opening yourself to be His hands and voice to those around you who need His intervention, who need an encounter with Jesus.
Father, I don’t ever want to briefly encounter you and rush away. I don’t want to leave you in my office after I finish my devotions, I want to carry you with me, your Spirit in me, my hope, my confidence. May you fill me to overflowing so that everyone I meet has encountered you. May it leave a residue on them that creates a hunger after relationship with you. May the Word I have planted in my heart, bring forth an abundant harvest for your Kingdom. As I go about my daily business, may I be sensitive to your Spirit. As Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business!”, may that also ring out in my heart today. It’s in Jesus’ Name I ask this. Amen