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WOL Newsletter 133: The Sixth Sense
February 8, 2015
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Edited by Stacie Thomas

SPOILER ALERT: Ending of ‘The Sixth Sense’ will be revealed.
Most of us don't have the ‘Sixth Sense’ to see the dead walking among us. We're too wrapped up In our life to notice the ‘walkers’. (I guess it’s fitting that our sermon on the day of the season premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ is about “real-life” zombies…) (Are we still buying Pastor Doug quit watching that show?) (Maybe he’s going through withdrawals…) (I digress…)
We need to see everyone the way Christ does (Luke 10:37). You see, God’s Word is not just for our information; it’s for our transformation. We like to think we have some significant ‘reason’ for existence… But our true purpose is existential. We are here for others. (remember ‘So Others May Live’?)… As Christians, we are called to be Christ-like… “What wasn’t there to like about [Jesus]? A man’s man, yet good with children, kind to those unacceptable to religion and culture, a person full of infectious compassion, someone who challenged the status quo and yet loved those he challenged. The older [we get], the thought of transformation seem[s] increasingly remote.” (Crossroads, Wm. Paul Young). But shouldn’t it really be ‘the older (more we grow in faith) we get, the thought (and actuality) of transformation seems increasingly reachable?’ I mean, if we decide being Christ-like is unobtainable, then we essentially become a ‘walker’ ourselves. We don’t want to get to the end of the movie (!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!) and find out we’re the ‘dead person’ when our beloved drops our wedding band (the one we didn’t even realize we were no longer wearing) (which is a sermon in itself), and we realize we have failed our task: to save the hurting ‘children’.
The Bible talks about the living dead (but not the zombie kind). (Isaiah 26:19) Jesus conquered death, and we will, too (1 Corinthians 15:54). Our sins deform us. Christ transforms us.
So what’s it gonna be: Are you going to be a ‘walker’ or a ‘walk on water-er’?

 

The Sixth Sense

One of the most famous quotes from the movie ‘The Sixth Sense’: “"I see dead people...  Walking around like regular people.  They don't see each other.  They only see what they want to see.  They don't know they're dead.”  This truly describes the vast majority of those around us everyday. But most of us don’t have the ‘Sixth Sense’ to notice them. People around us everywhere go unnoticed, uncared for and rejected. We fear differences, shun bad people, and overlook the pain of those hurting around us because it’s a bother, while they are sick and dying—emotionally, spiritually and physically. God wants to give us a chance to grow in faith and love. But the world around us is broken, lost, misguided and dead inside… Scriptures say we are to be Christ to the world: 2 Corinthians 5:20; Luke 4:16-21. Jesus’ ministry was wherever He went (the people around Him whenever). There was no plan to get the people to come to Him, He simply noticed the pain and death in the people around Him wherever He went. Not one of us has to travel farther than life already takes us each day or see more people than we already see in our usual travels; we simply need to walk with Christ’s heart and eyes as we live life, rather than the worldly eyes we seem to have now. We need to truly recognize our primary reason for even being here: it really is all about saving, healing and loving as many broken and dead people as possible; all else is secondary. Mark 2:16-17. Jesus didn’t look at the broken people around Him as trouble, time drainers or a risk; He saw them as sick and dying people in need of care; He saw the beautiful story each had in them; He saw the world of pain, rejection and self-doubt in each; He saw those neglected and ignorant of God’s Truth. He didn’t just give these people a warm handshake and a smile, He showed a genuine interest to reach, love and heal them; He put Himself out, invested His life and time in order to do so. If we are the physicians of the world—why do we avoid the sick people around us? Why do we ignore the diseases of those sick people that we do acknowledge? What would you think of a doctor who didn’t like a patient because of a previous disagreement, so he let him die when he came in for help? Isn’t our work a million times more important than a doctor’s? We all have a hard time breaking the lifestyle that we have lived our entire lives before accepting Jesus; a lifestyle focused on comfort and safety. But we have been called to a different lifestyle, the moment we accept what Christ did for us on that cross! Jesus Is a powerful example to follow: He came to this earth, which He created, as a Man, and He walked among the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes—all of which could give Him safety, notoriety and a platform for His case. But He chose people we wouldn’t have chosen (street-walkers, lepers, tax collectors). Jesus didn’t look at ‘labels’, whether upper or lower classed, good or bad in actions; He just looked at the need and the brokenness. He didn’t just take a hand and say a quick prayer for appearances; He got involved; touching, healing, going to their homes…He ministered with His life, as they became priority over His needs. That’s what we’re called to do also! Are we walking in the Spirit close enough to do this in our lives today? A hurting or rejected person has the need for acceptance, respect and a genuine desire for their presence more than they need ‘things’; someone to lovingly look them in the eye and really listen with real love is more important than a million dollars. Once of the most powerful parables that Jesus taught those of His time about noticing and helping anyone in need around them was the parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37. Jesus tells him that one of the most hated people (Samaritan) was more righteous than the priests and Levites of the Jews. The Samaritan reached out to someone that was in need of care, ministering as they went in life, with eyes of real concern for others (not a show for legalism or just when it was convenient), interrupting their entire life, giving time, money and hands-on serving to meet their needs. Jesus commands us to “Go, and do likewise”. Do you live your life focused on your plans, your goals, your comfort, your time—or do you walk everywhere with God’s Eyes and Heart for the people you meet? If Jesus lived for the healing and saving of others first, and He commands the same of our lives—can you do as Jesus commanded and not live sacrificially? (physically and materially) If your concern for others around you, especially unpopular people, is a reflection of how much of yourself is given to God right now—where do you stand with God today? Can you live this way without living and walking in surrender to the Spirit of God? God commanded something we are all capable of doing—it simply requires the love and power of the Spirit. We see the as getting more dangerous and evil; God sees a world getting more broken, lost, desperate and farther from the Truth of His love than ever before. That is how we need to start seeing them as well. We should look around in the Spirit and have that ‘Sixth Sense’; we should see ‘dead people’ everywhere; and we should have the courage and love to serve them selflessly.
 

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