So why the unusual title of this blog? It comes from both a passage of Scripture and a quote which has been  attributed to John Wesley.There is a passage in the Gospel of Luke in which the resurrected Jesus walks on the road to  Emmaus with two of  his disciples, who do not recognize their risen Lord. After spending the  entire day explaining to them how the  entirety of Scripture spoke of His coming, Jesus sits down  with them to an evening meal. As Jesus breaks the  bread and proclaims a brocha — a blessing —  the disciples finally recognize him and say to one another, “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)

John Wesley is allegedly said to have been asked what the secret to his success in bringing about awakening and renewal, and seeing so many come to know Christ through his efforts. Wesley’s reply was supposedly, “I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” In full disclosure, I say allegedly and supposedly because this story has a high likelihood of being apocryphal, as author Kevin Watson discusses here.

I take several things from these quotes. The passage from Luke reminds me that when Christ’s people are in His presence, their hearts will burn with the joy of knowing Him. As for the quote attributed to Mister Wesley … call it a goal. I’ve spent too much of my Christian life at room temperature. My desire is to be set on fire for God, so that as people come to watch me burn, they might encounter Christ.