Summary: Are you a fan of Christ or a follower of Christ?
Are you a fan or a follower?
A fan is just someone who cheers from the sidelines, but a follower, a follower is someone who imitates that person.
Are you a fan or a follower of Christ?
Remember that John tells us to be imitators of Christ, and to walk as Christ walked.
For the longest time I was a fan, I would sit in church and listen to the message, sometimes I enjoyed I and sometimes I found it plain boring. I would love to hear of the things that Jesus did, how He came and sacrificed himself for us, how He performed miracles, and all those parables He told. I loved them, but I wouldn’t take them not account in my own life. Much like a game, I would sit on the sidelines and cheer Jesus on, but after that I didn’t care enough to apply those lessons to my life. It wasn’t until I started getting into Scripture that I started to comprehend how important all this was. In James I found a passage that said, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25 NKJV)
You see, unless you imitate Christ, by following Him and applying everything He said to you life, you are only deceiving yourself. You’re not fooling God by just reading your bible once a week, or by going to church, yes, all of those things we must do, but unless we apply what we learn them we start to understand what a real follower of Christ should look like. We start to understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us. You see, as a fan you do not see what goes on in the background, you fail to understand the works behind the curtain. But as a follower, your every step is the same as Jesus, you know Him, you understand everything.
So, are you a fan or a follower?
If your answer is a fan, there’s time to change, it’s not too late.