“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
The Season of Lent. A time of sacrifice, surrender, and repentance. A time of drawing closer to God and enhancing our relationship. One of my favorite books is “Not a Fan” written by Kyle Idleman, about our relationship with God and how to improve it. He defines “fan” as “an enthusiastic admirer; a supporter devoted to something, such as a sports team or entertainer. Idleman describes two types of fans.
First, fans of entertainers. These fans have posters of their favorite actor or singer on the wall, know the birthday and have seen all their movies. Fans of singers can sing all their songs; knows how many times they were married and who they married. However, those fans never make a rehearsal; do not have to memorize any lines; nor perform any stunts. If the entertainer disappoints them, the enthusiasm fades. These individuals are just fans not followers.
Second are sports fans. They are the ones sitting in the seats with painted chest of their favorite team and cheers loudly. In fact, there is no requirement in being a fan. Moreover, if the team lets him/her down and loses a few games, having a bad season, then that enthusiasm and passion starts to fade quickly.
Idleman believes Jesus has many fans. There are fans know all the stats about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Listed are a few:
- Fans know when to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas and resurrection on Easter;
- Fans can memorize the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer;
- Fans can recite every book in the Bible;
- Fans sit in the pew every Sunday. They cheer Jesus on when things are going great. However, let difficulty, trials, or disappointment come these same fans will walk away and question God’s existence.
During this Season of Lent, ask the hard question, “Are you a fan of Jesus or are you a follower?” Are we simply supporters of Jesus or do we have a real relationship with Him? Because of God’s love for us, God wants more than fans. God wants followers ready to make a real commitment to Him.