Here is part 2 of the things that I have noted in my reading of Kyle Idleman's book, "Not a Fan. Becoming a completely committed follower of Christ."
Is your relationship with Christ just words of belief or a life of committment?
Matthew 15:8 says, "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." This description fits most fans. Many fans have given their minds to the study of God, but they never surrendered their hearts. They have plenty knowledge about God, but they don't really know God. This is what often separates the fans from the followers. It's the difference between knowledge and intimacy.
Do you just know about Jesus, or do you really know Him?
The problem isn't knowledge. The problem is that you can have knowledge without having intimacy. So knowledge is part of intimacy, but just because there is knowledge doesn't mean there is intimacy. And when there is knowledge without intimacy, you're really no more than a fan. Instead of identifying myself as a follower because I know about Jesus, I understand that I am a follower because I know Jesus.
Is Jesus one of many or is He your one and only?
Picture a race. Jesus not only wants to be in first place in your life, but He also wants to be the only one on the track. You see Jesus isn’t just saying, “I want to be 1rst place in your life.” He is saying, “I don’t even want there to be a second place.” When we compare our relationship with Him to anyone else there should be NO COMPETITION. Fans will try and make Jesus one of many. Some fans may even make Jesus the first of many. But when Jesus defines the relationship He makes it clear; He want to be your one and only.