So I just finished Kyle Idleman's book, "Not a Fan. Becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus." This book was AMAZING! It challenged me in so many ways to not be a fan of Christ, but to be a follower. I recommend this book to anyone who is passionately pursuing Christ or who wants to develop a deeper relationship with Christ! Here are some more quotes that I noted during this study. (Please check out Part 1 and 2 for more quotes)
A fan says, I love you, I am committed to you. But let's not be "exclusive" Jesus makes it clear that He will not share your affection. Following Him requires your whole heart!
Following Jesus means following Him alone. Fans don't want to put Jesus on the throne of their hearts. Instead they keep a couch on their hearts and, at most, give Jesus a cushion. Fans want the space to be shared, but Christ makes it clear.....he's not interested in sharing your heart.
The prophet Ezekiel described what it was like for God when we share our affection, attention, and allegiance with anyone or anything else. It's like we are having an affair. (Ezekiel 16) "You give gifts to all your lovers...."
Are you more focused on the outside than the inside? Fans get caught up on what people see on the outside, but it's just a mask. What people see does not reflect who they really are. Jesus said, "Everything they do is for show..."
Does your life reflect what you say you believe?
Jesus identifies His true followers based upon an intimate relationship. What we say and what we do overflows out of the relationship we have with Him.
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up His cross daily and follow me!" Luke 9:23
Your honeymoon with God should never be over!
A decision to follow Christ is a decision to die to yourself!
Say "no" to self and "yes" to Jesus every time!
Friend, I guarantee that this book will challenge you in ways that you could never imagine! Pick up a copy and prepare to become a true committed follower of Christ! My name is Raven Symone Jackson and I am not a fan! (You'll understand and appreciate this once you start reading!)