I began this book by Kyle Idleman a couple of days ago and I aboslutely love it. It has truly made me examine my relationship with Christ. Here are a few points that I have noted during my study.
I think Jesus has a lot of fans these days. Fans who cheer for Him when things are going well, but who walk away when it's a difficult season. Fans who sit safely in the stands cheering, but they know nothing of the sacrifice of the field. Fans of Jesus who know of Him, but don't really "know" Him.
Jesus was never interested in having fans. When He defines what kind of relationship He wants, "Enthusiastic Admirer" isn't an option.
You will have to choose between religion and a relationship with Jesus. There is no way for you to truly become a follower of Jesus without losing religion.
Are you a fan of Christ? Fans don't mind Him doing a little touch-up work, but Jesus wants complete renovation. Fans come to Jesus thinking tune-up, but Jesus thinking overhaul. Fans think a little make-up is fine, but Jesus is thinking makeover. Fans think a little decorating is required, but Jesus wants a complete remodel. Fans want Jesus to inspire them, but Jesus wants to interfere with their lives.
God is looking for more than words of belief; He's looking to see how those words are lived out in your life. When we decide to believe in Jesus without makikng a commitment to follow Him, we become nothing more than a fan.
Moses couldn't follow God without standing in front of Pharoah. Noah couldn't follow God without building an ark that would bring ridicule from his neighbors. Daniel couldn't follow God by praying to him alone without being thrown into a lions den. Following Jesus isn't something you can do at night where no one notices. It's a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That's not the small print-----that's a guarantee.
When Jesus defines the relationship He wants with us He makes it clear that being a fan who believes without making any real commitment to follow isn't an option.
MORE TO COME!!!