Today at church the sermon topic was called “Fan or Follower”. It’s a legitimate question I think that everyone should ask themselves to discover where their heart really resides. A question, I asked myself again today.
A fan shows up, can be passionate and enthusiastic but is truthfully only an admirer; someone who never goes ALL IN. There are various ways we can measure our commitment to Christ and there was one question that was presented today that captures the heart.
FOLLOWING Jesus will cost you something. What has following Jesus cost you?
For me it was and is “MY will/MY way/MY plan”. Years and years ago I can remember having a conversation with a friend (who was such an amazing example of God’s love for me) that if I didn’t get what I wanted I had no problem manipulating any given situation so that it would go in my favor. I can remember describing myself this way, “The sport of Triathlon ‘defines me'”. My worth was found in achievement. My hope was found in accomplishment. My life was so empty and filled with void. I chased and ran after happiness and never knew what JOY felt like.
Going ALL IN with Christ has caused me to deny myself, my will, my way, my plan on a daily basis and venture into the unknown, holding the hand of my Savior and FOLLOWING His lead. JOY is everyday in every moment and never departs, even when I’m sad or facing trials. The JOY of the Lord is my strength!!
Now, I love (remember it’s an action) those who hurt me even when I feel like I have a ‘right’ to be angry, I take the back seat GLADLY and my only desire is that my life will be a spotlight that directs the attention of everyone I know to Christ. It’s ALL about Him.
He is ALL we need.
Have you gone ALL IN?
<This necklace was designed and created by www.madetoglorify.com. It is a constant reminder to me that when we go ALL IN with Christ we are called by Christ and are chosen to proclaim praises of Him.>
…AND SO I SHOUT OUT YOUR NAME, FROM THE ROOFTOPS I PROCLAIM
THAT I AM YOURS…