Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Fan Factory

Have you ever done any training with weights?  If so, you know that you need to vary your routine, working both upper body and lower body.  Without this variation, you will end up out of proportion. 


Fan:  an enthusiastic admirer

I wonder if our churches have gotten out of proportion.  We lead people to a belief in Jesus and stop there.  Instead of producing followers, the church has become more of a fan factory.   Believing is important, but it's not enough.  Being a follower of Jesus requires a commitment.

Did you know Jesus said Believe in Me about 5 times in the Bible, but He said Follow Me more than 20 times. 

Following Jesus requires a commitment and will always cost you something.  Moses wanted to hide in the desert, but God wanted more.  He was ridiculed by Pharaoh and even his own people, but Moses followed God.  Noah was committed to building an ark, at the expense of being the laughing stock of the neighborhood.  Daniel was committed to prayer, and it cost him a visit to the lion's den. 

What has following Jesus cost you?

Remember, there is
no forgiveness without repentance
no salvation without surrender
no life without death
and there can be
no believing without commitment.

Many blessings,

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11 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa - great post. I like that you challenge me to deepen my commitment to Christ. I don't ever want to be shallow in this regard.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Love this... "Remember, there is no forgiveness without repentance no salvation without surrender no life without death and there can be no believing without commitment." I'm a follower with some fan tendencies! The cost may "feel" like a lot here, but in eternity it'll look like nothing!

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  3. This is something we have discussed a lot at church recently. We can lead people to Christ, but if we stop there, we are not really doing our job. We must continue to teach and disciple them. Great post.

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  4. Like you I believe that we stop when they get saved and don't reach out to them to help them get started on their walk. Thanks for posting about a subject that is sorely needed in our churches today.

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  5. This was an excellent, and in some respects convicting post Lisa. Growth in Christ is a continuing journey, not a Fan Club visit.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  6. Well said! I wonder how many people are also just fans of church because of the size or the pastor? We have a local 'mega-church' and I hear people praising the preacher more than Jesus...

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  7. Lisa, I wonder sometime if we are getting or passing onto others a balanced view of what being a believer entails.

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  8. Hi Lisa,
    Great post! I found you over at ordinary inspirations & will follow you!
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Kim

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  9. I haven't really thought about the church like this, but I so get what you are saying here.

    What has it cost me? I think I've given some, but received so much more in return, the costs seem so minimal to me right now.

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  10. I like the distinction between fan vs. follower -- you are making me think about details here...and that's good!

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