Today, I am posting one of my older writings. My church is starting a new series tonight called, “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. It is a great study that challenges you to be more than a fan of Jesus. God wants us to be fully committed to Him in everything we do. The following blog will challenge your faith on fan vs. follower. Which one are you? If you are a fan, what changes need to be made for you to be God’s follower?
As Christians, we are to know God on an intimate level. We must meditate on His Word and have Christ in our hearts, to grow spiritually. John 1:1 says, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” According to Matthew 7:13-14, not many are Christ followers. The Scripture states only a few will “enter through the narrow gate.” The wide gate “leads to destruction and many enter through it”; the narrow gate “leads to life.”
A follower of Christ is set apart from the world. Christians will be judged by their words and actions. Few people will choose the “narrow gate” because living for Christ means giving up everything we have ever known and learn a new way of living. The majority will say, “it will not be worth it” but the minority will say, “it is worth it all.” This is where we see the difference between a fan of Christ and a follow of Christ. A fan blends into the crowd and a follower stands out from the crowd.
As we grow in our faith, we turn from being a fan into a follower. Followers of Christ understand that no matter what God calls them to do, they are obedient. They believe that making sacrifices for Christ is worth it.
Today, I encourage you to make a life-changing decision to follow after God with all your heart. If you are struggling, trust that God will see you through it. If you have doubts about being a devoted Christian, take a bold step and see how God can transform your life. If you need help making this decision, talk with a pastor or a good friend. You are never alone in this journey with God.