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Contagious Obedience

A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"  Matthew 8:2-3 NIV

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We are under attack. Sin, all around us, is contagious. The world’s ways are not God’s ways. Evil forces push and pull at us, wanting us to accompany them on their deadly, destructive path. 

Many years ago, an audit manager asked me to pirate a software package—to make illegal copies. She told me it was permitted “because everyone else does it.” I refused, obeyed the truth, and left the company.

Once, after leading a Bible study at church, I was drained and beaten down. My daughter was with me and refused to sit still—a distraction. What a test. Then, someone complimented me on my presentation. I thought I had failed, but everyone signed up for the class. God rewarded my obedience.

But on one Thanksgiving, I disobeyed. As our family sat around the big table, my husband leaned over and asked if I wanted to give thanks. Stressed from the preparations and confusion, I announced, “Let’s individually thank God in our hearts.” That was disobedience. I’m sorry I didn’t allow my family to openly express their thanks to God for His amazing goodness.

People near Jesus refused to touch a leper, afraid of contracting his disease. Jesus boldly pushed past their reluctance. Allowing Himself to come in contact with the man’s leprosy, Jesus pressed His healing love into the beggar’s darkness. He obeyed his Father’s command to bring life from death.

We are created to be obedient, contagious, and spreaders of the light of God’s love in every situation. In this way, we can enjoy a deeper relationship with God as we connect to Him and each other.

Seek to glorify God as you travel toward eternal life with God. Chose to be obedient and filled with His love.  

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Macy Johnson

Macy Johnson is a native Floridian living the lake-life in Georgia. She is an instrument of God’s blessings as a writer, church pianist, community accompanist, wife, mother, nana, Bridge player, adoptee, retired auditor, and member of Word Weavers International. Her “God Sightings” are published weekly in the Greensboro Herald-Journal. Find her at www.macymjohnson.com, macymjohnson@gmail.com, and on Facebook as Macy Martin Johnson.