Currently, my husband’s and my favorite pastor to listen to online is Craig Groeschel. This morning he made an unsettling point.
Do you treat Jesus like a vaccination?
When you get a flu shot, you are essentially being injected with a weakened strain of the flu virus. Within a couple weeks, your body develops antibodies to the infection so that in the future you are protected from it. You might feel a bit under-the-weather after receiving a flu shot, but for the most part you can go along your merry way. You got just enough of the virus to make you immune to it.
Many of us have received just enough of the Gospel to be immune to Jesus. We’ve been doused with church and Christian-ese. We’ve learned the moral things and can spout off the Ten Commandments, John 3:16 and most of the 23rd Psalm. We’re familiar enough with Jesus that He doesn’t radically impact our lives on a daily basis. Basically, we’re immune–numb.
If we’re not careful, that weakened strain of the Gospel will prevent us from getting “really infected” with the person of Jesus Christ. It will certainly keep us from being contagious.
Just a nugget. Just a thought.