I woke up this morning thinking about all the new things I’ve learned from hearing and meditating on scripture over the past few months and they remind me of this song by Elvis – Burning Love. The Lord has brought some “zealous for knowing and teaching the Word” teachers into my path lately, and for the first time in a while I woke up with that breathless, burning heart in the center of my very being that I used to have at the beginning of my walk with Christ…
The kind that reminds me, not only of Elvis, but of the two men on the road to Emmaus whom after Jesus left them said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
But the spiritual nature produces (burning) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Gal 5:22-23
You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s. Be careful that you do not refuse to listen when God speaks. Your ancestors didn’t escape when they refused to listen to God, who warned them on earth. We certainly won’t escape if we turn away from God, who warns us from heaven. When God spoke to your ancestors, his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the sky.” The words once more show clearly that God will change what he has made. These are the things that can be shaken. Then only the things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, we must be thankful that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Because we are thankful, we must serve God with fear and awe in a way that pleases him. After all, our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:24-29
Elvis brought temporal love and satisfaction to a lot of people while he lived, and he may have been the King of Rock of Roll, but Jesus is THE KING ABOVE ALL KINGS who created the King of Rock and Roll, and only Jesus brings eternal love and satisfaction, and He is a good God to promise to make it a breathtakingly exciting journey!
Heavenly Abba Father, we cannot but be consumed by your agape love for us. Just as the example of a good earthly Father lavishes love on his little daughter, through the powerful love of your Holy Spirit working in word and sacrament, you lavish your agape love in us. It fills us and consumes us. May we be consumed in the love of Jesus Christ and His cross today through The Word. Amen