Are you a Fan of Jesus or Follower?

After digesting a few pages of the book “Not a Fan,” it will challenge your thinking and make you reevaluate your relationship with Christ. The intro provides enlightenment on how Jesus handled discipleship. He spoke of the will of the Father. Our intentions are good; however so many things that we do as Believers are good; however, they aren’t God (i.e. John 6:44 – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…”). Believers are you Fans or Followers? Webster’s Dictionary defines a Fan as a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a famous person. It is easy to be a fan of Jesus miracles, signs and wonders, but He did not call us to be fans. In Matthew 4:19, Jesus said, “Come, follow’ me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Reflect on John 6 when Jesus fed the five thousand. Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” When Jesus said “I am the bread of life,” He is conveying that He the only thing on the menu. The crowd has to decide if Jesus alone will satisfy or if they are hungry for something different. In many verses of John 6, Jesus gave an uncompromising word about the Father. At the end of the chapter (John 6:66), several of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him. Why? They were mere fans.

The author of “Not a Fan” was struck by the fact that Jesus did not chase after them. He didn’t soften his message to make it more appealing. He didn’t send the remaining disciples chasing after them with a creative handout inviting them to come back for a “build your own sundae” ice cream social, food and fellowship, giveaways or other.  Jesus was okay with the fact that his popularity has plummeted.  It was and is more important to Jesus to be about His Father’s business than watering down a message.

Believers, we must do better. God is calling us higher. So… “Are you a Fan or a Follower?

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