“[Jesus] came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has – by what I call ‘good infection’. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.”- C.S. Lewis
Have you been vaccinated?
A vaccine is a dead or weakened form of a pathogen injected into you in order to build up your body’s immunity. When the living virus then enters your body, you should be able to fight it off without much trouble. Because you got used to the dead version, your body hardly responds to the live one. That’s what has happened to many people when it comes to the person of Jesus Christ. You’ve been injected so many times over so many years with a dead form of God, how could you ever hope to be affected by the life that comes from the living One?
Every time you sit in a church and listen to a priest, or pastor, or minister speak to you without passion, conviction, or a genuine heart for God, you have just been inoculated.
When you hear on the news that another Christian leader has cheated on his wife, or been exposed in some scandal, you’ve just been given another dose.
When you know someone who calls themselves a Christian, but has no love for God in their heart and lives in no way as Jesus taught, your immunity increases.
When politicians use their “faith” to win votes…
When the name of God is brought low by cursing and tasteless jokes…
When a Christian judges you instead of loving you…
When I do these things, I inoculate you.
The “good infection” is out there.
How sick are you?
Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13