Not a fan

Christianity

You can’t think about Resurrection Day without thinking about the fact that when Jesus conquered death and rose from the dead, He didn’t leave us alone. He sent the Holy Spirit.

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Not a fan- this is a great book by Kyle Idleman. He explains: Jesus doesn’t want us to be His fans. Even if we are fans with a fish on our car or if we know all of the stories and stats. He wants fully committed followers, who are willing to live for Him and die for Him. Idleman, the author, has a sarcastic wit that I LOVE. But so far, my favorite part was this little story I read yesterday, reminding us of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Idleman tells of a time that his family was moving to a different house. They packed up and moved everything except for a heavy desk he had saved for last. He pushed and grunted and pulled, struggling, but it wouldn’t budge. Finally, somehow he turned it upside down, deciding to slide it on the carpet. His four-year-old son enters the room, determined to help his dad. Idleman gave the desk a good shove, with his son underneath him, and it finally moved a little. He pushes again, and it slides a few more inches. This happens a few more times, then exasperated, his son finally says, “Dad, I’ve got it, but you’ve got to get out of my way!” He points out how much we are like his four-year-old son. Many times when we are able to accomplish something impossible for us, we don’t realize that the power of God in us, the Holy Spirit, is at work to do what we couldn’t do on our own.

It’s a great thought as we celebrate our risen Savior. He doesn’t just live, but if we are followers of His, He lives in us.

5 thoughts on “Not a fan

    1. I’m glad you are enjoying it, too! Just read this morning…Idleman says fans often quote John 3:16, but you can’t have John 3:16 without Luke 9:23 when Jesus tells them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, and take up their cross daily and follow me.

  1. “Not a Fan” was my favourite book of 2012.. Yes i like that passage you wrote in your post, we continue to take control of our life and not fulling trusting God. It was just said in a sermon last Sunday at my church that we need to be the passenger and let God take control of our driver wheel.

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