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Are You a Fan or a Follower?

Key Scriptures Matthew 4:18–25; 23:24–28.

There's a difference.

  • Jesus distinguished between those who truly followed Him and those who were faking it or hung around out of curiosity. 
  • He compared the fake religious people with whitewashed tombs because they were nice looking on the outside but full of death on the inside. 
  • Their faith was inauthentic.


Application.

  • There's a difference between a fan and a follower.
  • Fans of Jesus often present good things, but because they haven’t fully committed to Him, their goodness is surface level. They will likely abandon Him when the going gets tough.
  • Followers of Jesus become pure from the inside out rather than the outside in.
  • Traits of fans.
  • When bad things happen, God gets blamed.
  • It's all about them instead of Him.
  • Fans want to be entertained rather than to press in and pursue.
  • Fans allow other people to show them who God is and don’t take the time to find out for themselves.
  • Fans are easily swayed by popular opinion & behavior, rather than by getting in the Word and discovering truth for themselves.
  • Fans live a compartmentalized Christianity, rather than choosing to be fully surrendered.
  • Traits of followers.
  • A follower trusts the character of God.
  • Followers realize it’s not all about them, but it’s about Him.
  • Followers choose to pursue and not to be entertained.
  • Followers have their own relationship with God and do not let those around them dictate their depth in their relationship with the Lord.
  • They know the Word, so they know His truth; therefore, it is easy for them to discern when the world and those around them contradict His truths.
  • A follower is fully surrendered.