Are you contagious? Not health wise, contagious. Faith wise, contagious. Is your faith worth catching?
What Love Looks Like
Recently I saw the content of a letter written by a relatively new follower of Jesus to the person whose life had influenced hers greatly.
She lists about a dozen qualities she found contagious in the life of this older believer.
This is some of what she wrote:
“You know, when we met, I began to discover a new vulnerability, a warmth and a lack of pretense that impressed me. I saw in you a thriving spirit – no signs of internal stagnation anywhere.
I could tell you were a growing person and I liked that.
You had strong self-esteem, not based on the fluff of self-help books, but on something a whole lot deeper. I saw that you lived by convictions and priorities and not just by convenience, selfish pleasure, and financial gain.
And I had never met anyone like that before.
I felt a depth of love and concern as you listened to me and didn’t judge me. You tried to understand me, you sympathized and you celebrated with me, you demonstrated kindness and generosity —and not just to me, but to other people, as well.
Standing For Something
And you stood for something.
You were willing to go against the grain of society and follow what you believed to be true, no matter what people said, and no matter how much it cost you.
And for those reasons and a whole host of others, I found myself really wanting what you had.
Now that I’ve become a Christian, I wanted to write to tell you I’m grateful beyond words for how you lived out your Christian life in front of me.”
Basically, she was saying, “Thanks for being a contagious Christian.”
Reading a letter like that compels me to be aware of my character and actions. Am I helping others “want what I have”?
Jesus wants us to be contagious Christians – His followers who first catch His love and then urgently and infectiously offer it to all who are willing to consider it.
This is his primary plan. Jesus commissioned his disciples to become contagious Christians and to build contagious churches that will do whatever is necessary, with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, to bring more and more people to him.
If you love Jesus, I’m confident that your spirit is saying, “Yes, that’s right. I want to become that kind of Christian and to be a part of that kind of church. I really want to impact people’s lives and eternities!”
APPLICATION: Next Steps is a 14-day reading plan on YouVersion. The content is food for thought about having a contagious influence. It’s practical, engaging and I think you’ll find it beneficial. It’s called NEXT STEPS: BRING. It’s free to use. Please download it and go through it. Then leave a comment below on your takeaways. Thank you.
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