Wow. I just finished a powerful, convicting, serious read: Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman (thanks, mom!). I dare you to read it. It’s one of those books that you simultaneously don’t want to put down, know you need to so you can spend time doing what counts and yet don’t want to pick it up again because you know it’s going to sting. I am not a fan. At least I don’t want to be. I don’t want to just be a fan of Jesus. I want to be a true, authentic follower. I’ve had that “religion” listed on my Facebook page for years, but, as Kyle goes into depth, I really questioned that after reading this book.
Now don’t take this as me groveling about not being good enough. It’s not like that. It’s about being serious with my faith in such a way that truly nothing else matters. Nothing. Sure, I’ve been a pastor and I know I’m committed to Jesus, but at what level? Am I committed like I am to Philly sports teams (up and down, booing and cheering), or does that pale in comparison? And what does that mean in regards to my actions? Who I speak to about what and when and how? It’s a powerful book and one I hope you’ll take the dare to read. Take a spin on this this amazon link and do it. Seriously.
Here’s an excerpt:
fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans.
Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An “enthusiastic admirer”? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice?
He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a…
completely. committed. follower.
How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved?
Maybe you’re ready to join the hundreds of people who have stepped across a line and said:
i am not a fan.
I am not a fan.