by Kristin Fuhs, Set Me Free Ministries Communications Director
A few months ago our Pastor at church used the phrase, “Are you infected with Jesus?” It stopped me in my tracks to consider that question because I had never thought of an infection as a good thing. I think of an infection as an illness that invades and overtakes you, something awful and miserable that weakens you. Well, that is one definition but I love this new definition of the word “infection.”
Infection: Allowing Jesus to overtake and invade your life, body and soul; submitting to His ways and surrendering to Him; gaining strength from Jesus.
You most likely won’t find this definition in Webster’s Dictionary, but you will find it in the lives of those choosing Jesus. I just can’t get the idea of being infected with Jesus off my mind and I hope after reading this, you too, will be an “Infected with Jesus” team member!
So what is critical in becoming a Jesus infected person? There are 3 key words that I think are a good place to start.
Our lives must be grounded in faith. We must have a life marked by faith, an attitude that reflects: “God's got this!” We must believe we have a faithful, Heavenly Father. Trust Him, through faith, for everything – everyday.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations. (Duet. 7:9, ESV)
Our lives must be a labor in love. Live out the following challenge: Put others ahead of yourself in love, plain and simple. Love in this order: God and Others. This is more difficult than we can even imagine and we can’t do it on our own; only with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t be selfish, don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Phil. 2:3, NLT)
In and throughout each day, endure in hope. No matter what, we must not lose hope. Actively anticipate hope and push forward with hope. Hope is a wonderful gift that allows us to take a deep breath when we are certain we are out of air.
Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24, NLT)
These words, and scriptures, are what I have used as a backbone for becoming an infected Jesus follower over that last few months. For me, it’s been a great season of renewal as I have reflected on what becoming infected really means. These words have become a starting line for me daily. I hope you will embrace the question: “Are you infected with Jesus?” this week.
This is just a beginning place and it will take great courage to truly embrace the challenge this question presents. I hope you will consider taking the jump. I would love to hear about the journey God takes you on each day. I think you will be surprised at the change you will see in your day and in your life. I know you will find yourself relying on God in a new and exciting way.