Football Season has officially started. Our family gathered around the T.V. to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide season opener. Our little granddaughter came over dressed in a houndstooth skirt – ready to carry on the tradition.
I love this time of year and I love enjoying the game with the family.
In the state of Alabama – we KNOW how to be fans.
- In Alabama, you declare your loyalty early on. It’s Alabama or Auburn – no in between.
- We teach our children to chant “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle”!
- We invest time and money for tickets, athletic apparel, and gatherings of like minded fans.
- We enjoy the game.
The dictionary defines a fan as “an enthusiastic admirer.” Fans want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. Fans may be fine with repeating a prayer, attending church on the weekend, and slapping a Jesus fish on their bumpers. But is that the extent of the relationship Jesus wants?
Jesus was never interested in having admirers. It’s not fans he is looking for.
I know how to be a fan … I know how to be a really good fan.
But, I sure don’t want to be a “fan” of Jesus … I want to be a follower.
It’s so easy in our culture to get about “doing” the Christian tradition rather than truly following Jesus.
Jesus, thank you for the opportunity to follow You. Lord, we don’t want to be just fans in church investing in “chants” – “apparel” – and “game times” with You. We want to be committed to Your Kingdom and Your purposes.
I highly recommend this book – Not a Fan. It will challenge you to look at following Jesus – “Whenever. Wherever. Whatever.”
What do you think about being a Fan or Follower?