Some of my colleagues think I am a germaphobe. I admit, I am never far from a bottle of hand sanitizer. We are coming to the winter season where the skin on my hands gets very dry and cracks some from washing my hands so much. When someone goes with me to make a visit in a hospital or nursing home, they know that I am going to hit the sanitizer dispensers on my way out. (One of the best things to happen in health care facilities in recent years is the proliferation of hand sanitizer dispensers.) First thing after getting in the car I pick up the sanitizer that I keep there and put it to use.
I do that because I understand that colds, flu, and viruses are contagious. I also understand that they are most frequently passed hand to hand. Whenever possible, I want to avoid being sick and experiencing the discomfort and down time that brings.
The reason I got to thinking about this is that this year we are “On Mission” as a church. We want to spread the message of Jesus to others in every possible way. It was C.S. Lewis who said that Christianity is “the good disease.” Our job is to help others catch this “good disease” of loving Jesus. We want to be infectious with the love of Christ. How do we spread that? Just like illness, hand to hand, person to person, through close personal contact.
Here’s the caution. The other day I read this statement: “Christians are like a whole lot of people with colds; they’re all sneezing at each other, but nobody gets it because everybody’s already got it.” That’s one way of saying we can be internally focused rather than externally focused with the good news of Christ. We can spend all of our time with those already committed to Christ and neglect those who need his saving grace.
Be intentionally contagious with your Christian faith. Touch people and impact their lives wherever you go. It is normal and natural to share the greatest news in the world.