If you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know I’m blogging through Kyle Idleman’s book “Not a Fan.” (You can catch up here.) Today I’m discussing the third question in diagnosing fandom: is Jesus One of many or your One and Only?
Of all the chapters diagnosing fandom this is one that will really make you stop and “smell the roses” so to speak.
In Luke 14:25-27 Jesus tells the crowds that they need to loose their family, their spouse and even their selves if they want to be His disciple.
Up to this point He had people following Him for all sorts of reasons. I can imagine that after this speech He whittled the crowd down a bit. The fans would have called it quits while the followers would have continued on for the long haul.
What would you have done?
Would you have been one of the fans that packed up and went back home or would you have followed Him to the ends of the earth?
Kyle asks some really good questions that might help you decide:
- For what do you sacrifice your money?
- When you’re hurt where do you go for comfort?
- What disappoints or frustrates you the most?
- What is it that really gets you excited?
Your answers to these questions can show you where your heart truly lies and whether you are a fan or a follower.
“Following Jesus means following Him alone. Fan’s don’t want to put Jesus on the throne of their hearts. Instead they keep a couch on their heart and, at the most, give Jesus a cushion. He’s asked to share the space. But Jesus has made it clear to this crowd He’s not interested in sharing your heart.” Kyle Idelman
Yeah…answering the questions above were a real eye opener for me…and I’m sure for you as well!
If following Jesus cost you everything would it still be worth it? Is there anything else on year heart today? Comment below and share in the blessing!