And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
The first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus is being criticized for a prank he pulled on members of the media as it could put them theoretically at risk of contracting the illness. As he was leaving a media event on March 9, All-Star center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz touched every microphone and recorder in front of him in jest. Rudy has since infected at least one of his teammates, and every player that came into contact with him in the past week or so has been placed in isolation.
The NBA commissioner has since canceled all games for the rest of the month and possibly the rest of the season. The financial impact of those cancellations can be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, many employees who work in those stadiums will have no income during the shutdown.
Whereas we are all infected with the sin virus, Christians can infect others with their love and godliness. In today’s text, we are exhorted to stir up one another to love and good works. That means we have to be doing good works and be loving. We should influence others and infect them with our godliness and our compassion. The love of Jesus and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and the grace of Almighty God should be so evident in us that they automatically infect others.
We should also infect people with our kindness, our temperance, and our passion for evangelism. Our integrity and Christian ethos should be infectious to non-believers as well. Our ministry is to lead non-believers to Christ, who alone has the cure for our humanity’s sin virus.
Many people in the media are calling Rudy Gobert patient zero for the NBA. That is, he is the first player to have contacted the virus and could possibly be responsible for the spread of it throughout the league. Perhaps, we should individually strive to be patient zero in our jobs, or families, or social circle. If no one else around us is infecting others with godliness, we should become patient zero. Just maybe, you could be patient zero for other husbands or wives that are struggling in their marriages.
Whether we are introverts or extroverts, outspoken, or soft-spoken, we have a mandate to infect others positively. Most people are looking for role models. They want an excellent example to emulate. We should, therefore, not shy away from any opportunity to stir up others with our love and godliness.
People will disappoint and hurt each other. However, followers of Jesus Christ should set the standard for the way people should treat one another. Our conversation should always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:6).
Even people who do not believe in our God want to be infected with our godliness. They may not adhere to our religiosity, but they appreciate our way of life because of our impact on the world. Christians do not need to be polemical in their way of life. They just have to be impactful as representatives of Christ.
Prayer- Blessed Lord, help us this day to infect someone with your Holy Spirit that is in us. May our words and actions pollute the atmosphere where we work, live, and worship.