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.

Contagious Christians

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.”

Worth Catching

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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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 28 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 39 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Margaret Schneider says:

    Thank you for being you. For stepping out of your comfort zone to teach, influence, live, & share, God’s message.
    Grateful in St Albert

  • N says:

    From Lisa Terkeurst’s book “Embraced” –
    “I want it to be evident that I’m a girl who spends time with Jesus and that he’s working on me… Shifting a wrong attitude, guarding my words, and whispering constant truths into my heart”.

    Thank you for an amazing, positive and inspiring post. The deep sincere sence of love and loving others is so deeply and thickly felt through north pointe. Amazing stuff!

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