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Are We Truly Followers of Jesus Christ?

(Originally posted of 3/30/2012)

I am reading the book, “Not A Fan: Becoming A Completely Committed Follower Of Jesus”, by Kyle Idleman.

The first section of the book is devoted to distinguishing between the fans and followers of Christ.

Fans tend to want Jesus as part of their lives, but only to the extent that they are not too inconvenienced by His presence.  For example, fans want what Jesus offers, as long as they don’t have to give more financially than they are comfortable with.  Fans want Jesus, but are not willing to give up that favorite sin, whether that sin be drinking or drugs, sexual immorality, lying, coveting, etc.  Fans want Jesus,but don’t expect them to go to church every Sunday, or join a Bible study, or sacrifice for the poor, etc.  In other words, fans want to dictate the terms of their relationship with the Lord.

And, reading the book, one might be surprised, even if they consider themselves to be a follower, how many fan-like tendencies there are in their lives.  And I include myself in that group.

The second half of the book is an in-depth study of a single verse of the Bible.  I like the way the author introduces it.  He asks how many are able to quote John 3:16 from memory.  And of course, everybody knows that one.  And John 3:16 is an important truth for anyone who follows, or would follow Jesus.  Then he asks how many know another verse that is, or should be, central to the life of the believer, Luke 9:23.  Do you know it?  In case you are like me and don’t know it off the top of your head, here it is:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  —  Luke 9:23

As the author explains, the kind of “following after” that Jesus had in mind is the kind you would expect of a man who is in love with a woman and pursues her to win her heart.  he is totally devoted to her and willing to do anything for her, because he loves her.  This is the kind of relationship that Jesus wants for us. 

Using again the analogy of a smitten man, he would think nothing of denying himself to achieve his goal.  And the idea here is  not that he would resist his own desires for his prize, he would not even consider them.  The goal is everything.  Self is nothing.  And it is with this same selfless love and desire that Jesus wants His followers to pursue Him.

I have not finished “Not A Fan” yet, but I know already that this is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with the Lord.  In fact, we have two copies in our house.  One is a paperback that my wife is reading, the other is the Kindle edition so I can carry it along as I go.

God bless each of us, and may we all, by whatever means, be the kind of followers that our Lord desires.

Update, March 2015:  Jesus commands His disciples, “Follow Me.”.  Note that Jesus makes this simple command without qualification, and is therefore all encompassing.  Jesus is not interested in us following Him sometimes, but all the time, in everything that we do.  Just as with our love for God, Jesus commands that we follow Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.

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March 16, 2015 - Posted by | Faith, Follow Jesus |

5 Comments »

  1. For many who profess to be Christian, Christ is who they want Him to be — not who He is.

    Comment by birdchirp | April 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. That was a great book

    Comment by Wally Fry | March 16, 2015 | Reply

    • Yes, “Not a Fan” is one of only a very few Christian books that I would consider life changing, because they contained spiritual insights capable of making me evaluate my own walk with the Lord and making adjustments to my walk, meaning a closer walk with Him.

      Two other books I consider as important are “Follow Me: A Call To Die, A Call To Live”, by David Platt and “The Romance Of Grace”, by Jim McNeely.

      Comment by johnconstitution | March 16, 2015 | Reply

      • Thank you for those suggestions

        Comment by Wally Fry | March 16, 2015 | Reply


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