I just finished reading “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. It was convicting & challenging, stepping on my toes quite often.
He starts in John 6 where Jesus offers himself, but the question is, would that be enough?
Vs 35 Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me
will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Suddenly Jesus is the only thing on the menu.
Vs 66 From this time on many of his disciples turned back and no
longer followed him.
Jesus doesn’t soften his message to make it more appealing. He doesn't seem surprised by the fact that his popularity has plummeted.
Kyle then relates how he has cheapened the gospel in some of his past preaching. He writes:
Think of it this way. Imagine that my oldest daughter turns 25. She isn’t married but she really wants to be. I decide I’m going to help make that happen. So, imagine I take out an ad in the newspaper, put up a billboard sign, & make up T-shirts begging someone to choose her. I even offer some attractive gifts as incentives. Doesn’t that cheapen who she is? Wouldn’t that make it seem that whoever came to her would be doing her a favor? I would never do that.
Should we do that with Jesus?
Kyle defines a fan as someone who wants to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them. He also says that fans try to follow Jesus on their own power & will eventually be frustrated by failures & overwhelmed by life’s circumstances. And because of that they will have a hard time coming up with stories about how the Spirit has worked in their life.
Kyle is describing the first 20 years of my Christian walk.
What about you?