I remember as a child having come down with the measles. It was not a very pleasant time in my life and my mother tells me that my case got worse. I couldn’t be around other kids and was miserable. In the year 2000 measles was virtually eliminated in the United States. However recently there has been a new outbreak of the disease. Officials with the CDC attribute this recent outbreak to the growing evidence that more parents are not vaccinating their children. Measles is spread from person to person through the air by infectious droplets; it is a highly contagious disease. I remember my mother scaring us kids by telling us we had a great grandfather who died from his exposure to measles.
Measles is a very contagious disease that once again is breaking out. But I wonder how contagious we are, not with the measles virus, but with a vibrant living relationship with Jesus Christ. Are we a contagious Christian? Has the glorious fact that we have been saved from sin and brought into the family of God’s dear Son consumed us? Are we overwhelmed with the joy of our daily walk with the Savior?
You can tell if a person has the measles by seeing the rash spread all over their body. How can we detect a contagious Christian? A contagious Christian will have a warm temperature, a fire in his heart for the Lord. He will have a bold witness and a committed devotion for the Savior. He will love his fellow believers and seek to be an encourager to them. His joy in the Lord will not diminish with time and the trials of life. His spiritual fervor for the Lord will be real and people will notice.
Being contagious is something that we need to avoid when it comes to this new outbreak of measles. But what our country, our community, and our world needs is be exposed to Jesus Christ, God’s Son. We can help spread Him everywhere if we simply become a contagious Christian.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation