And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
I read a quote on social media this week that said viruses’ cannot live without a host. It said the fear that was spreading was the worst virus we are facing, and in order to kill the virus, we must eliminate the host, in this case, the media.
That got me thinking. How does a virus really work?
Well, if you paid attention to your science teacher in school (which I have to admit I have very little memory of science class, so I did relearn a lot of this recently) virus’ work by invading the host cell, taking over its cellular machinery and releasing new viral particles that go on to infect more cells and cause illness. The good news is they’re not all bad. Some viruses can actually kill bacteria, while others can fight against more dangerous viruses.
What’s fascinating is that they take over its cellular machinery. The keyword there is taking over.
This verse and this quote paint a very similar picture for me. “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Well, what is the gospel? It’s the story of love. It’s the story of Jesus. It’s the story of God coming down to earth and meeting us in our very broken state. It is the story of how He chose to love regardless of what others said. It’s the story of how He looked at a prostitute and called her daughter while the whole town talked behind her back. It’s the story of a man who was 100% man and 100% God. It is the story of a giving, loving, merciful, just God.
I hope we get to tell the whole world just how loved they are. This verse says we are to tell the whole creation. Yeah, that means every single person on this planet. They are loved; they are treasured!
May we become like a virus. A virus of love. May our testimonies cause a chain reaction in the hearts of the people around us. May our love penetrate every cell and take over its machinery. May the way we treat them to be a direct reflection of Jesus.
Like I opened today’s devotional, a virus cannot live without a host. If we are to infect the world with the love of Jesus, we must never separate from the Holy host. The Holy Bible.
Jesus, we pray today and every day that we love first. May we go about our day and our weekend ready to extend a hand, lend an ear, or give a hug. May we infect our family and friends with your pure love. May we listen to what they have to say. May we become better because we learn to serve others. We thank you for giving us your word. We thank you for the promises and the guidance, and the strength. It is in your Holy name that we pray, Amen!