Wednesday, September 17th PDF Print E-mail

I've adapted and personalized the below post from excerpts of Kyle Idleman's book "Not a Fan" and want to share it with you:

Allow me to ask this question: Are you a fan or a follower of Jesus?
The word fan is defined as "an enthusiastic admirer."  Many of you know that I'm a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. A diehard fan!  Diehard as in ... I'm a fanatic and I really don't like it when they lose.  Like for instance, last night, they blew a lead in the 9th inning and went on to lose a game they should've won.  Up until that point, I was a happy fan.  They were winning.  After they blew the lead ... and even more so after they lost ... I was ... let's just say ...  NOT a happy fan.  I felt more like "Stupid Cardinals!" rather than "Go Cardinals!" :)

Many of us are sports fans.  We watch the games.  We cheer on the team.  Some of us own the jerseys of our favorite players.  We all, on some level, understand the concept of being a fan of sports.  

You might be wondering ... ok how does this apply to our "Deeper - Not a Fan Campaing"?  Glad you asked ... My concern is that our church has the potential to very easily become a stadium full of fans of Jesus.  However, Jesus never cared about having fans.  If you define a fan as an enthusiastic admirer, then fans were not important to Him.

Here's my thought: I think we have a tendency to come together once a week and be fans of Jesus.  We sit down in OUR seats (and God forbid if someone else sits in OUR seat).  We applaud at certain times and we leave soemhow thinking that, as the fans, it was all done for us.  We get in the car and we evaluate the sermon, and we kind of give the service and song selection a thumbs up or thumbs down (come on ... you know you've done it).  Then, we come back and do it again the next week.  

I get the fact that some of you are really big fans.  I mean, you're really ... really into all of this.  You know all the songs and you don't need special tabs in your Bible to find the reference.  You know where to turn.  In fact, you're pretty fast at finding the reference.  You even look around to see how much faster you are than everyone else. You're a regular Sword Drill Champion!  You're big fans of Jesus.  And being fans feels pretty good.  We can feel pretty good about ourselves because we're these great admirers of Christ ... but ... we need a reality check ... and that reality is ... He never cared about having fans.

Over the course of the next few day's devotional blogs ... I want you to be reflective ... and take an honest look at yourself.  I want us as a church to search our hearts and really define our relationship with Jesus.  There are three questions I want you to answer and over the next few days I'll expound on these questions:

1) Why are you here? (Here being "in the church")
2) Are you all in?
3) Have you made it your own?

~ Pastor

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