by APC on August 08, 2018

I remember when the chickenpox virus invaded our home as a child, and rightly so as I was the first of three girls to become infected. I had an absolutely terrible case, which spread quickly to my youngest sister. But, my middle sibling was determined not to catch this deadly illness.

She’d stop at nothing to limit her exposure to us “sickly ones.” She’d quarantine herself in her room, refuse to come to the dinner table, wouldn’t play with any toys, and if an inoculation was available at the time, she would have emptied her piggy bank to buy it.

Alas, the day arrived when she came home from school. She was talking to my mother about her day, scratching herself unmercifully.

“Marie?” my mother casually asked. “Yeah, Mom?” “Do you have the chickenpox?” Continuing to scratch, she answered, “Yeah, I came down with it early this morning.”

Now, she had infected her entire first-grade class…

Proximity. As in the case of chickenpox, sometimes you can have an effect on people without even trying or meaning to do so. Trust me—I didn’t plan on either of my sisters getting sick, but it happened just by accident. Because you’re a carrier of chickenpox, those who don’t have it, can get it from you.

The power of proximity isn’t so great from a virus-standpoint, but truly awesome from another one.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1–4, KJV).

When we’re full of the Holy Ghost—God’s presence flowing through us—it can impact people. It’s like an infectious disease that starts to rub off on others just because we’re close. Whatever you’re doing can spread to someone else, but in a good way.

That’s the power of God’s presence. Without us trying to do anything, just by being a carrier of His Spirit, we can be a light to people in a world of darkness (Matthew 5:16). Once they get a taste of that light, they want to stay in the light. Just as if you get close to a fire, you’re going to become ignited yourself!

My sister was pretty resistant to chickenpox on day one, but when she finally got it, it almost didn’t phase her. She almost accepted it into her life once she realized (for her) that it wasn’t all that bad. It was just some scratchy dots on her skin.

The same thing happens with others and Jesus Christ. When you stay close, let His presence continue to flow through you to them, they’ll realize it’s not so bad after all. And, when they finally catch on fire with God’s Spirit in them, they’ll accept it too.

Become an infectious vessel for God. Be a carrier of His presence. Watch how fast His presence will spread to your home, school, job, and community. All it can take is one encounter. Are you ready to get close and let Him out?