Load up your video to YouTube. If it gets more than 100,000 views or 40,000 hits in 4 hours, you can have bragging rights. It went viral.
Look up “viral” in the Oxford Dictionary and definition #1 will point you to a virus that spreads infectious disease through the body, and definition #2 points to the rapid circulation of an image, video, or information from one Internet user to another. Maybe the fact that the first definition points to viruses that can multiply rapidly in our bodies making us sick or even threatening our lives should caution us about the danger of getting caught up in the latest YouTube or Twitter feeding frenzy.
Long before the U.S. Department of Defense in the late 1960s used packet switching that allowed multiple computers to start to talk on a single network, the Apostle Paul challenged believers in Thessalonica to pray that the Lord, himself, would create his own “viral” network—the rapid spread of the Gospel by word of mouth all over the Roman Empire.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, be praying that the Word of the Lord would rapidly spread and be honored just as it was when you heard it. Pray also that the Lord would rescue us from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. And faithful is the Lord. He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
Several years ago, when I was presenting the Gospel at the Word of Life Camp in Chile, the young people responded to the Gospel invitation instantly when the invitation was given. In Webuye, Kenya, at the close of the wedding celebration, two hundred hands shot up instantly after presenting the Gospel to the family and guests in attendance.
We need to obey the Apostle Paul and pray for the Lord to generate this kind of viral response to the Gospel. We also need to pray for protection because when the Gospel goes viral, Satan will counter by raising up wicked men and women to oppose it.
LORD, keep causing hearts to be soft and tender toward the Gospel in Chile and in Kenya. And remove the blindness and hardness here in the U.S. that results from pride, materialism, and the deception of self-sufficiency.
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