Christianity is like a sixth sense, helping you understand your surroundings if you will. This could be similar to the accustomed smell of home, or the view from your favorite place in nature. Our five senses help us walk with life in a new way, heightening what we think we know of the world, giving us potential new experiences every day. Can you remember the first time you experienced the taste of something, sight of light for the first time, hearing your parents sing you lullabies to sleep, smelling fresh outdoor air, or the calming touch of a mother? It seems so long ago we may have first experienced these things that they become habit, something we just seem to live life with because that’s all we know. But where did the sixth sense come from and how did we find it?
I truly believe when you say yes to Jesus you begin to walk in a new way, in a sixth sense, enabling us to be able to interact and work alongside the Holy Spirit. This sixth sense is like an undiscovered superpower that takes time and practice to perfect. Walking this way opens a new door if you will to a whole new world that we’ve never tapped into. But what does this sense look like to people who don’t know Jesus? What does this look like to people with only five senses?
1 Samuel Chapter 3:
4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Samuel mistook God’s audible voice for his own fathers because the voice of God was foreign to him. Samuel heard God…….but he didn’t really hear God, did he? Samuel was walking with five senses. How am I any different from Samuel? Where in our lives are we misplacing the works of God? Is it possible that even us too could completely be blind sided by the works of the Holy Spirit?
I kind of see this scenario similar to a large theater production. Writers spend countless hours, days, or months working on a script to which people are casted to play out these roles and intimate moments we enjoy to watch, but when the shows over we give our standing ovations to those in the costumes, not the script writer. Now don’t get me wrong, not everything is like life on a stage. There are many beautiful moments that go unscripted or in the form of improv. I just want to give credit to where credit is due.
Which character is God pulling your heart towards? Eli who helps his son recognize the voice of our heavenly father, or Samuel the man walking with five senses?
And how many senses are you walking with?