When my wife contracted the Coronavirus, she exhibited many of the common symptoms. She grew fatigued, suffered body aches and became congested. Yet, some who contract the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they are infected, but do not develop any symptoms. Those who are asymptomatic experience no change in their condition. They live and carry on their lives as if they are not infected.
Are you an asymptomatic Christian? Have you given your life to Christ but show no signs of His presence in your thoughts, words and actions? Or do you exhibit some symptoms of Christianity but not others?
“Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to His word; instead, put it into practice.”
– John 1:22 GNT
Every Christian should display the following symptoms:
- Love: Some “Christians” wake up every morning and devise ways to convince others that God does not exist through their intolerance and hate. Before His ascension to Heaven, Christ commanded us to love one another. “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples (John 13:35)." It is our responsibility to demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion to the world.
- Humility: Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 14:11). Christians should never brag about what they have or can do since we know that every good thing and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). Therefore, in everything you do give God the glory.
- Kindness: My mother use to say, “If you do not have anything nice to say, then do not say anything at all.” Our mouths get us in trouble. Sometimes we praise our Lord and Father, and sometimes we curse those who have been made in the image of God (James 3:9). A good Christian knows how to not speak out of impulse but instead from a place of love. If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful with what you say (Proverbs 21:23).
- Service: Christ came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for us (Matthew 20:28). Similarly, we should make it a priority to serve and help others. Through our service, we imitate Christ’s sacrifice.
- Forgiveness: We are to confess our sins to God, for He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Just as God forgives and releases us from our trespasses, we are to forgive others who hurt us.
- Faith: Your belief in God will be challenged almost daily. Setbacks, sickness and death will make you question everything you believe about God. For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Keep your faith in God and draw near to Him in the toughest of times – it is impossible to please God without faith and He uplifts those who seek and have faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6).
“So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord's service is ever useless.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
God does not want perfection from us, but He does expect progression. Your Christianity should not be asymptomatic. Everyone should know that you are a Christian by your love, kindness, service, forgiveness and faith.
Christ and His teachings are worth spreading and contracting.