I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Are you a Fan or are you a Follower?
Last week, millions of fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs rooted on their favorite players during the Super Bowl, while the rest of America tuned in for the commercials. I have to admit, I’ve never been a fan of the Chiefs, but as a native Texan, I couldn’t help but to pull for Patrick Mahomes. He’s a true product of the Lone Star State!
Let’s face it, the best QB’s come from Texas.
Though I was pulling for Mahomes and the Chiefs, their victory meant nothing to me. I was a FAN, but only for an evening. Being a fan didn’t require anything of me, it didn’t change my circumstances or my life, and by the time I went to bed after the Super Bowl, I had already changed allegiances!
I’m officially back to being a Cowboys fan!
We have a perfect record right now (just like everyone else).
This is going to be our season!
Jesus didn’t call disciples to be fans. He called them to be Followers. Fans come and go, but followers stay the course.
Fans show up for the party, but followers stay to pick up the trash.
At the height of Jesus’ popularity He had no trouble attracting the FAN crowd. But when He began to teach difficult truths, the FANS faded away and the FOLLOWERS stuck around.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
After the crowd went away, Jesus was left alone with His followers. He asked them:
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
I love Peter’s response. Peter regularly spoke for the rest of the true followers.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
To be a follower starts with believing, and it proceeds with obeying. On the night that Jesus was betrayed, the night of the Last Supper, Jesus got up from the meal, and began to wash the disciples’ feet.
He did this to set an example for them to follow.
He did this to show the humility they needed.
He did this act of service to set a standard for them to pass along to us.
Jesus doesn’t need fans. He calls us to be followers. Let’s be serious about following Him and keeping in step with the example He has given us.
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