The West African Ebola virus epidemic (2013–2016) was the most widespread outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history—causing loss of life and socioeconomic disruption in the region, majorly in three countries. The first cases were recorded in Guinea in December 2013; later, the disease spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone, with minor outbreaks occurring elsewhere. It caused significant mortality, with the case fatality rate reported at slightly above 70%.
Why am I telling you about the Ebola virus? Because it is contagious and one of the things I learned this year is to be contagious. The virus spreads only by direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of a person who has developed symptoms of the disease. It is highly contagious. Now let’s move on to the bible. In the book of Leviticus chapter 11 to 15, God points out certain things that are considered ceremonially unclean. One of which are people with skin diseases or certain bodily discharges; such as a woman having her period. Now what the law required was that if anyone touches someone who is ceremonially unclean, they themselves become ceremonially unclean. Impurity is contagious, just like Ebola.
However, later on in the Bible, a man by the name of Isaiah finds himself in the presence of God. Because of the fall of man, we are unclean and anyone who finds themselves in God’s presence dies – instantly, simply because sin and God’s holiness are incompatible. Yet when Isaiah stands before God, something amazing happens. He recounts what happened:
Isaiah 6:1-8 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Instead of the poor guy dying, he is cleansed of his guilt and sins. Instead of the unclean corrupting the clean, the exact opposite happens. Instead of the bad overpowering the good, good wipes out bad. To understand what Holiness is, watch the video below:
Phenomenal, and it does not just happen only once. Ezekiel witnessed something similar:
Ezekiel 47:1-12 In my vision, the man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple. There I saw a stream flowing east from beneath the door of the Temple and passing to the right of the altar on its south side. The man brought me outside the wall through the north gateway and led me around to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out through the south side of the east gateway. Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through. He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows. Fishermen will stand along the shores of the Dead Sea. All the way from En-gedi to En-eglaim, the shores will be covered with nets drying in the sun. Fish of every kind will fill the Dead Sea, just as they fill the Mediterranean. But the marshes and swamps will not be purified; they will still be salty. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”
What’s my point? Imagine if instead of someone plagued with the Ebola virus infecting others, they themselves get healed when they come in contact with a healthy person. I have the Spirit of God living in me therefore when someone comes to me in a depressed state, the peace that lives within me must be transferred onto them. The sick must be healed in my presence, the despondent must be uplifted and the hopeless must be encouraged. Why? Because just as the temple had healing water flow out of it, the spirit that lives within me can only bring life to whoever comes in contact with me. Be contagious, choose to be the uplifter, the one who encourages when everyone complains.
It’s like when you pray, we first ask for God to forgive us, in doing so, His righteousness washes over us and makes us righteous. Any sin we have is removed.
I remember in September, I was helping a friend who was struggling financially. Her parents could not afford her fees and they were having a hard time. I helped were I could but there was not much I could do about the fees, until God stepped in. you see, I got my bursary supernaturally. So God told me to tell her about my testimony. Which I did. It turns out that we speak things into existence (I will write about that later on in the month). So the Holy Spirit encourages her and tells her to believe that He is the God of the impossible. That was awesome, and she chooses to do so. A month later she sends me a message telling me that she got a bursary and even an opportunity to apply for a job next year. I am blown away for a number of reasons:
- She is a foreigner
- She does not have permanent residence
- She is only in her second year
- This was during the strikes, who has time to do administrative work when there is a chance the building may be burned down?
By choosing to speak life to this friend of mine, what would have being another case of an African student’s future destroyed by her circumstances turned into a glorious story of God’s contagious grace overcoming man’s pitiful choices. So go to God and allow Him to infect you with His love and power. Then go out there and infect the rest of the world. Please step out of the box and think out of it, the box is too small to contain the God who lives in you. The world needs you.
I want to know, were you ever contagious this year? Tell me your story in the comment section below: