Save your friends from the zombie apocalypse!

If you’re like me, a little nutty, you have a basic idea of what you will do when the zombie apocalypse starts. When we lived in Florida, our plan was simple. Grab our camping gear, guns, whatever essentials we can fit in the truck, and head into the Everglades to fend for ourselves. Now that we’re in Texas, it’s the same plan, just a different wilderness…and bigger guns.

You are welcome to join us, we already have zombie grade bullets.

Mooooving along…

We have this picture in our heads, largely fueled by the media, of what these zombies will look like and how they will act.

Decrepit flesh, a taste for human brains, dancing through the streets, you know the drill…

The truth is, the zombie apocalypse is upon us and millions of people are already infected.

These zombies amble from place to place. Relentlessly seeking satisfaction for their insatiable hunger.

There is a hole inside they are desperately trying to fill. Money works for a while until the money runs out. Relationships seem to patch the hole until the one they love lets them down. New clothes go out of style. Their beautiful home or car falls into disrepair.

klace They turn their blank gaze to anything sparkly, hoping to sate the hunger devouring their hearts and minds.

When all this fails, they strike at others, seeking to infect those around them in a desperate attempt to fill the deep-seated emptiness inside.

This leaves us with two vital questions…

1.  How do I prevent myself from being infected?

2.  What if someone I love has been infected?

The answers are simple.

1. Take your vitamins.

Romans 8:5-6 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Dig into His Word every day. It could mean a daily devotion, focusing on one Scripture through Verse Mapping, reading through a particular book a chapter at a time or few verses each day, prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, worship, or any combination thereof.

It doesn’t have to be long, it only has to be consistent.

What this world has to offer will never fill the God-shaped hole in our hearts. Fill the hole with time with Jesus and you will never go hungry.

But sometimes…you’ll need to break out some serious antibiotics. A heavy dose of the cross. A reminder we are a fallen people, prone to living contrary to His will. This is when we are in the greatest danger of infection!

There will be days when a heartfelt confession will be what is needed to soften the areas of our heart which have become infected. Listen to those who love you, be open to correction, hard sometimes, but none of are perfect (Job 5:17, Proverbs 12:1).

2. Pass out the pills. (that doesn’t sound right.)

In other words, give them Jesus. When our loved ones have been infected, we have a responsibility to lovingly and gently help them turn around; Galatians 6:1. For our brothers and sisters in Christ, it may be a little easier.

It’s our loved ones who are apart from Christ, where we have more difficulty helping them to allow Jesus to cure their life-threatening disease.

My daughter LOVES her vitamins…but they are gummies (so are mine) and who doesn’t love gummies? But trying to give her yucky medicine leads to a knock out drag out tantrum…sooooo…

Find the vitamins your friends will take.

They may not connect with God because they feel unlovable. Give them the cross, even if they were the only ones needing redemption, Christ still would have died for them.

Maybe the issue is a poor relationship with their parents. Show them how God is the perfect Father, giving all good gifts.

Their struggle could be with the worries of making ends meet. Remind them God provides all we need.

Take practical steps to show God’s love. You may be the only Jesus they meet.

These vitamins may bring them back to health slower than a strong dose of antibiotics, but don’t give up taking hold of the opportunities the Holy Spirit gives you to share. He will do the rest, the burden is on Him to change hearts, not ours. Thank God!

Bottom line, it’s not about giving them heavy doses of theology or doctrine. I mean, there is a time and place for those too, but it’s really about passing out a straight shot of Jesus and His zombie curing love. 

What would happen if we each took our vitamins everyday? How do you think the world would change? Do you think the number of zombies would decrease, increase, or stay the same?

Here’s a tougher question. Has anyone tried to gently turn your heart around? Lovingly corrected you? How did that go?

PS. If you’re still stuck on the whole zombie-bullet thing, they were a gag gift and they are #awesome.

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