I’m reading a book right now by Bill Hybels, the founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, called Becoming a Contagious Christian. It’s an interesting title, isn’t it? A lot of times when we hear the word contagious, we think of its main definition: “capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object; carrying or spreading a contagious disease.” If what you have is a virus or bacteria, you don’t want to be contagious. Keep that to yourself – you don’t have to share everything!
But Hybels uses the word contagious as an adjective to describe Christians. What does he mean by that? Well the word can also mean, “tending to spread from person to person” as in contagious laughter. In other words as a Christian, do you have something good on the inside of you that, when you get around other people, it rubs off on them and they get it too? That’s contagious Christianity. If what you have on the inside of you is the Holy Spirit and the hope of salvation, a joy in your spirit and a bounce in your step because you know your sins are forgiven and you’re going to Heaven, that’s worthy of sharing with everyone you meet.
In the book, Hybels wrote: “We as individual Christians and collective churches need to recalibrate our sights on the target God has given us: spiritually lost people. If people matter to God, then they’d better matter to us, too… Deep in every true Christian, there is an awareness that we are on this planet for purposes greater than having a career, paying the bills, loving our families, and fulfilling our role as upstanding citizens… God wants us to become contagious Christians – His agents, who will first catch His love and then urgently and infectiously offer it to all who are willing to consider it.” Let’s become contagious Christians!
One of my heroes of the faith was a preacher named Dwight Moody. Moody said once, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.” He was so full of a passion for Jesus that he made a commitment to the Lord and said, “Jesus, at least once a day I will tell at least one person about You.” There was one day late at night when he realized that he hadn’t told anyone about Jesus that day. So, he went out into the streets and found a man and said, “Sir, let me tell you about Jesus.” The fellow responded, “Mind your own business!” Then Moody said, “But sir, this is my business.” I love the response of this man. He said, “Then you must be Dwight Moody.” You see, Moody had such a reputation in his town for telling people about Jesus. He was a contagious Christian.
Pastor Chris Jordan