In John Chapter 6 we find Jesus at the height of his ministry. Thousands gathered to hear him teach and to watch the miracles he performed. Jesus took a boy’s lunch and fed the multitudes. The next day the people looked again to Jesus for what he could give them – free food, a good show, miracles, healings… Instead of performing another miracle, instead of multiplying a sack lunch to feed everyone, Jesus takes everything off the table except himself. In John 6:66 we lean the many turned and left – the followed Jesus no more. When the only thing on the menu was Jesus they weren’t interested anymore. Is Jesus enough for you?
Fans are very much caught up in an outward appearance. They think that somehow God is going to be impressed with their religious rule keeping or rituals or their traditions. There’s nothing wrong with those things, in and of themselves. The problem comes when we do those things and it’s not out of a pursuit of Jesus or a relationship with Him, but as a way to prove or measure our own spirituality.
A mother knows her child in a way that is unlike anyone else. Not only does the mother know the child, the child knows the mother. This is a true picture of intimacy, of completely knowing and being completely known. This is how God desires to know us. Fans know about God, followers know God – and God knows them.
The word “anyone” often means anyone who meets the qualifications specified in the fine print. We have come to believe that anyone doesn’t mean everyone. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. ” (Luke 9:23) Who did Jesus mean when he said anyone? Did he really mean everyone? Even me?
fan or follower? Today the title Christian means many different things to different people. Most people would say that they are a Christian. Many “Christians” who never go to church, never give of their time or treasure to God’s work, spend little or no time in God’s Word or in prayer… but they still proudly use the title Christian. Jesus set the bar higher. He called us to be Disciples – Followers of Christ.