If you have ever watched any of the old or new zombie movies you will quickly see that most of them have a recurring story line. A stupid story line, but a line! There is either a meteor or out of control government experiment, aliens or terrible air born virus that has infected a group of people. Those people in turn bite and infect others until almost all you see is a group of zombies, or half-dead people, walking around looking for who they will infect. They are breathing, their eyes work, they can definitely eat and for whatever reason, they are attracted to those who aren’t infected yet. Those who are aren’t infected run for their lives and try to keep from becoming “the walking dead”!
Sounds like some of my friends in the ministry. Walking through life in a daze with no direction. Just hoping to share their apathy infection with others to add to their numbers. This malady is infecting believers all over and the walking dead are growing in numbers, in a time when we need more life than ever before. Romans 12:1 says that we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, and that this is our spiritual act of worship. We are to no longer be the Zombies who walk around in a daze. The commission is the same as before. Reach the world, wherever OUR world is.
Paul goes on in verse 2 to tell us to no longer conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. In other words, resist the infection of just living. The world will always give us easy outs and try to lure us into the snare of apathy. Don’t fall asleep and let it happen. Stay awake and not only resist, but also advance. Now is the time, and we have the tools to do it. May we all be found serving with all our hearts, and that when others see us they see a group of believers who are fanning the flame and growing in numbers. The only thing we are to be dead to is sin, as Paul says in Romans 6:1-2.
My prayer is that in the days ahead we will see a new way of looking at the Christian life. The “dawn of the walking living” is what we need to see. May we be found faithful in walking with that vibrant group of people who will rise from the sea of apathy in a ship that is on a course set with the compass given by God — the Bible. Get on course now and wake up. This a new dawn and there are no dead people in it!
The Pilgrimage continues….