“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I watched as they sat down in the only pew that didn’t already have church member Bibles saving the seats.
You could tell they were visitors.
As they gazed around the sanctuary, the man cleared his throat.
The lady in front of them quickly spun around.
“Well, that was quite a cough! I may have to change my seat; I hope you’re not contagious!”
When she turned back around, I watched the man’s demeanor…then his wife’s…change.
And it wasn’t good.
Their joy was gone.
And although I was only an observer, I felt ashamed.
What if that experience was their first…their only…encounter with a Christian?
After all, that’s not how we Christians usually act, right?
Yet we do, every day and in every way.
This experience caused me to examine myself as a Jesus Follower.
So, fasten your seatbelts.
I want to speak to Christians.
I want to speak to me.
Why do we Christians gather together on Sundays, really?
Is it so we can catch up on the latest gossip, show off our new dress, check off the “I attended church” box on our To-Do list?
Or are we there to praise His Name, share His Word, grow in His Grace, and radiate His Love?
Would we give up our “we always sit here” seat for another or would we pretend not to see “them” standing at the end of our row?
Would we share our Bible or internally condemn “them” for not having one?
Would we judge “them” for not measuring up to our idea of a church dress code?
And, would we tell “them” we hope they are not “contagious”?
Or…would we be like Jesus?
The night before He was crucified, He met with his disciples and washed their feet.
HE washed their feet.
He knew what was coming the next day. He knew He would be betrayed or abandoned by them.
Yet, He washed their feet.
Because He loved them.
And He told us to do the same.
Dear ones, it’s easy to “say” we are Christians.
It’s another to live life like a Jesus Follower.
And spread His Love to others.
Now, that’s the kind of Contagious Christian I want to be.
Spread your joy,