Followers Not Fans

     Allow me this opportunity to share a book quote offered up by my pastor in a recent Bible study.  The title of our lesson that night was “What Jesus Wants.”  The first point was this–Jesus Wants Us To Be His Followers.  The second point was this–Jesus Does Not Want Us To Just Be His Fans. The following quote is from a book by Kyle Idleman entitled Not a Fan.

“The dictionary defines a fan as ‘an enthusiastic admirer.’  Fans want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice.  Fans may be fine with repeating a prayer, attending church on the weekend, and slapping Jesus fish on their bumpers.  But is that really the extent of the relationship Jesus wants?  Jesus was never interested in having admirers.  It’s not fans He is looking for.”

Sounds like a book I will be adding to my reading list.  Sounds like a question we all need to ask ourselves as we assess our true relationship status with our Lord and Savior. Contemplate this quote and ask yourself–Fan or Follower? How invested are you? Are you simply standing on the edge–close but not committed? Or are you fully immersed and all in? Invested enough to sacrifice? How greatly the benefits of being a Follower outweigh those of being a Fan! To God Be the Glory!


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