By Pastor Mark Lee
More than 100 million Americans recently gathered around their television sets in celebration of what many consider to be an unofficial national holiday. Whether these viewers were rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, wearing New England Patriot jerseys, or simply wanted to watch the commercials, they were – if only for Super Bowl Sunday – football fans.
Although the level of devotion varies by individual, a fan is nothing more than an enthusiastic admirer. From the teenage girls who display boy band posters on their bedroom walls to the men who memorize team statistics, the beauty of fandom is that we receive joy from the objects of our affection and are not required to provide anything in return.
Many of us tend to approach our faith in a similar fashion. We embrace our religion because it makes us feel good. We attend worship services, know the songs, and even place bumper stickers on our cars. We definitely want what God can give us, but rarely consider what we can do for Him. Instead of becoming the true followers that He desires, we find ourselves more comfortable resting among the fan base.
Luke 9:23 quotes Jesus as saying, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” But, how do you know if you are a follower or a fan? Ask yourself two questions. First, if none of my life’s dreams come true, would Jesus be enough for me? And second, if I lost everyone and everything I loved, could I still find my purpose in Christ?
Your answers to these questions may help you define your relationship with God or, if necessary, point you in the right direction.
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m.