Not A Fan
Not a fan, but a follower. I’ve heard about Kyle Idleman’s book, “Not a Fan,” for several years, but I began reading it a few months ago. It offers a crisp distinction between being casually enamored with Christianity to being a full-blown follower. I am now sharing a teaching series on the subject, and our small groups are going through Idleman’s study. There’s a big difference between being a fan and being a follower. In my message Sunday, I said…
- Fans like Jesus; but followers love Jesus.
- Fans are willing to cheer for Jesus but followers are willing to die for Jesus.
- Fans focus on the benefits, but followers focus on the benefactor.
Jesus doesn’t want fans. He wants followers.
Consider this question. If you are a fan, are you a Christian? That’s an important question. The issue to consider is whether or not someone who is not “all in” is truly a believer. Jesus said in Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Were the people Jesus was talking about merely fans?
Think about this question: “Are you a fan or a follower?” Why not spend some time making a list of the differences between fan and follower. I highly recommend the book and the small group study. I will address this issue later this week as we consider the possibility of being a Christian while only being a fan.
A parallel to this is the difference between a belief and a conviction. A belief really requires nothing of me save for words. When I am convicted, ah … I am compelled to act upon what I say I believe.
That is a great parallel. I think there’s probably several levels of belief. Maybe the most basic would be an intellectual agreement with a set of facts, and for many people, they connect this basic level with Christianity. Unfortunately, the devils also believe and tremble, so it requires more than intellectual belief to be saved.