…We pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face-to-face and supply what is lacking in your faith.
1 Thessalonians 3: 10 (ESV)
The Apostle Paul’s faith was consistently buoyed and rejuvenated by God’s grace, the counsel of the Holy Spirit, and by the love and prayers of his spiritual brethren, in concurrence with his own unremitting outpouring of faith and hope to others. Regardless of his condition or circumstance, he outwardly modeled his eternal hope and trust in Christ Jesus without any pretense or reservation.
You see, sincere faith is like a perennial stream from which you are continuously replenished as its powerful flow of eternal hope spreads to those around you. You will, therefore, never be more filled with faith than when you are demonstrating its powerful influence on others.
Faith is, of sorts, just like the Flu, if you are close enough to it and around it long enough you contract it. Consequently, sincere faith, outwardly expressed from an open loving heart when in close proximity to others, is truly contagious. It spreads its powerful influence indiscriminately into anyone who may be openly receptive, unprotected, or who may be curious about a closer more intimate relationship with God.
Faith may have a short incubation period before it takes full effect, but unlike the flu, it progressively takes greater hold of you the longer you are exposed to it. So be careful, it’s catching! Consider carefully the risk of being the first to start an epidemic in your church family or neighborhood.
Dear Lord, help us all to contract that most viral of infectious contagions, whose common name is faith and may it develop into a spiritual fever and spread like the Flu to infect everyone around us. Amen.
A F Fischer