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Fan or Follower

October 07, 2022

Fan or Follower

Fan or Follower?

By Katie Pearson

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

It is thrilling to disciple others in Christ. Being on the front lines of God’s movement in another’s life is a privilege. However, it’s not one to be taken lightly, nor too soon. Throughout my life, I’ve witnessed many people come to know Christ and grow in their faith through a spiritual friendship with a mentor. I’ve also seen many of them hurt and confused through such relationships. So, what qualifies a mentor to make a healthy difference in another’s walk with Jesus? Spiritual maturity.
“No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are easy prey for imposters. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” (Ephesians 4:14–16, The Message)

When it comes to spiritual maturity, neither age nor ministry experience is as important as a commitment to the Lord. Mentors must be a follower of Jesus, not just a fan. What’s the difference? A follower is willing to become more like Jesus in every area of life, while a fan of Jesus simply admires or respects his message. In other words, just because someone promotes Jesus doesn’t mean she has the godly wisdom and attributes to lead others. Without concern for reaching spiritual maturity, we can unknowingly have a negative influence on those we disciple. An immature person can communicate with competition, criticism, and control. None of these encourage life in Christ.

Does discipling others bring life to your soul? Are you excited about opportunities to share the Gospel when God gives you a chance? If not, then consider whether your relationship with Jesus is one of convenience or commitment. It’s common for believers to step off the path from their position behind Jesus to resume a place on the sidelines with the crowd. While it may only be temporary, others can tell the difference. Even more importantly, Jesus knows.

Reflection: Lord Jesus, you know I love you, but I don’t always show it with my actions. I am so easily distracted or discouraged by anxiety and self-doubt. I want to be a follower in and out of season, in every storm and every celebration. I pray that those who are still fans see my joy in you and want to join in the fellowship of the saints. Amen.

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