This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them. From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
- A fan walks around with their Bible in their hand but a follower actually reads it and does what it says.
- A fan quotes scripture from Genesis to Revelation but a follower actually tries to live the scripture from beginning to end.
- A fan sounds like a Christian but a follower acts like a Christian.
Yes we all fall short of God's expectation but don’t just talk like Jesus, walk like Him too. Anyone can pretend. Anyone can play church. But when you fall short of resources and the bills are due, will you then follow Him? When sickness tries to attack your body, will you then call on Him or just when you're feeling well?
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
When the Word of God cuts you like a double-edged sword, will you then give up on God? When the preacher say something that you don't like, will you leave the church or stay or try another church until you run out of choices...not options...choices? Jesus was not about a popularity contest; He was all about the Word of God; He wasn't about fan-fare.
Today, I want you to define your relationship with Christ. Does He really know YOU???
Ask yourself if you are a fan or a true follower. Today I want you to really examine your relationship with Jesus. Ask yourself if you've been a fan all this time and didn’t even realize it.
Starting today, I want you to fully commit to following Christ! Not just when times are easy but during hard times too. If you are not sure, get on your knees and pray. Get off the fence of uncertainty and KNOW who you are following. Don’t take a chance on being denied by Jesus before His Father. Come and follow Him!