Monday, July 25, 2011

Follower or Just a Fan

My husband started a new teaching series at church yesterday on what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  A lot of people who think they are a follower are really just a fan.

Fan:  an enthusiastic admirer

A fan wants all the benefits of a relationship with Jesus, without any sacrifice.  The crowds of people that Jesus fed, healed and taught were mainly just fans.   Most of them followed Him because they wanted something from Him.  They praised Him as long as it was easy, but ran away when the going got tough. 

Being a follower of Jesus isn't easy.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

I want to be a follower of Jesus, but I know there are days when I live as just a fan.

Are you a follower or just a fan?

Continuing my list of blessings and linking up with A Holy Experience 
162. Getting to worship with old friends
163.  Lunch with old friends
164.  Vacation Bible School
165.  The sacrifice and service of our military
166.  Nighttime thunder storms
167.  Working in the office with my husband
168.  Vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts
169.  Fresh, safe drinking water
170.  Ministering to a friend in need
171.  Having that friend minister to me
172.  Interrupted plans
173.  Pandora Radio
174.  The faithfulness of God displayed in His creation
175.  Watching the sun rise over the trees on this beautiful Monday morning

Many blessings,


  1. Our pastor started this series a couple of weeks ago. I was intrigued from the start and am now reading Idleman's book "not a fan." I realize I have been a fan for most of my life; I'm working on a relationship that will define me as a follower. :)

  2. I'm giggling to myself as when I read fan I thought the one for cooling us down rather than the person. I guess both fans have the same thing in common - both are good with hot air! Good challenge - being a fan is some much more comfortable than being a follower.

  3. Hi Lisa
    I have just started the book. Sometimes I am just a fan but am working on being a follower at all times and at any cost. Blessings to you...Chelle

  4. Tracey, I love that - both are good with hot air.

  5. I think there are some days when I'm a fan and some days when I'm a follower. I want to be a follower every single moment no matter what comes my way and God and I are working on that. Great post!

  6. Oh, I love #166. We had one yesterday ~ finally. I also LOVE #162. I experience that last week during one of our youth camps!
    What a fabulous list!
    Happy Blessings...

  7. This was great! I'm probably both at times, but I hope I am a follower most of the time, I try to be! I want to be!
    Visiting from Ann's place today.

  8. Oh Lisa, I guess you are peeking into my heart!:) I want to be a follower and try to be a follower but sometimes--I end up acting like a fan. Thanks for a great post among many of your inspiring posts.
    Pam at

  9. OH how my heart longs to be a follower continually...sometimes sadly I just feel like moses wandering around in the desert and enjoying the FAN status. May I press it. Great pOST!!

  10. Great list. Today I am thankful for a safe, fun, and wonderful trip with family and friends!

  11. Hi Lisa - excellent post. I never really thought about it but the way you have put it makes me think I need to evaluate which one I am, if I need to, obviously I lean towards 'fan' more! Great motivation to 'follow' rather than 'blow hot air' as Tracey said.
    God bless

  12. This is a wonderful list and I so enjoyed your post. Food for thought. Blessings on your day.

  13. Lisa,

    Great post today, some days I am just a fan, not wanting to give up my selfish ways, But each day is another step towards Him, another step in my journey from being a fan to a follower.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  14. What a great post! Therein lies the rub of our daily walk...follower or fan. This daily struggle is what makes life rich and full.
    I'm your newest follower and fan! :)

  15. What a great series...especially with the whole facebook/blogland follower/fan thing.

    And as for your list #173! Yes, yes, yes.

  16. Love your list Lisa and this post! I SO want to be a follower all of the time, but oh, it's so easy to be just a fan... once again I'm reminded of how intentional we need to be as followers of Christ! Thanks for this! Blessings!

  17. Wonderful post Lisa, and it sounds like a great study as well. I think even the most devout Christians go through times of simply being a "Fan", however recognizing the need for a closer Walk and striving to tighten that relationship moves us ever closer to remaining a Follower.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  18. What a blessing - a reminder that life is only found through death - true death to self! Thank you for sharing this truth!!

  19. Oh wow, Lisa -- what a subtle but important distinction. I've really never thought about that -- but you have opened a whole new thought to ponder tonight. I suspect I am mostly a fan, if I am truly honest with myself.

  20. That´s true... it´s a big difference between being a believer and a follower.. the demons also believe..

    Love your blog!