SIXTH SENSE

Five Senses

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If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

 

Every school kid knows we have five natural senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling. Evangelist Billy Graham says we have a sixth sense: the ability to believe. What does “believing” mean to you? Webster defines the word as “trusting in,” or “accepting as true.” I know that I trust God, but why is that so? Part of the mystery of faith is that we don’t really know why we believe; we just do. Unlike me, some people are raised in a church family where it was an accepted thing to love the Lord throughout life. There are lots of stories about young people who don’t follow Christ after their parents can no longer make them go to church. I heard about a pastor who found a deer inside the church one Sunday morning. When he told the parishioners about it, they all asked, “How did you get it out of the building?” His reply: “I confirmed it and it left on its own.”

 

I, on the other hand, didn’t get “into” church until I was almost thirty, and I haven’t had any desire to leave. That doesn’t mean I have any more or less faith than a person raised in the church. Faith is a very personal thing, which is part of the mystery. I can use my natural senses to see a person attending Sunday morning services, placing something in the collection plate, and taking communion. I can hear her singing with the congregation, and I can even feel a certain warmth about the person that would lead me to believe she is sincere. (The smelling and tasting parts might come in at a church supper.) But I don’t know that person is a believer unless I spend time with her or him, and even then, I could be mistaken. But the important thing is that God knows, and it’s nobody else’s business except God and the individual. Like today’s Scripture says, believing is a “heart thing.” We know that we know that we know we believe, and God knows it too. Tell someone else today about your sixth sense: believing!

 

Holy God, we believe Your Word and we believe in You. Amen

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