Admirer or Follower?

Steve WeldonBlog

In a book I recently finished, the following quotes really caught my attention and quickened my heart. They were: “Are we admirers or followers?” — “They think they love, but they merely desire. They think they follow Jesus, but in fact, they merely admire him.” — “Admirers love being associated with Jesus, but when trouble comes, they either turn on him or in some way try to put distance between themselves and the Lord. The admirer wants the comfort and advantage that comes with being a Christian, but when times change and Jesus becomes a scandal or worse, the admirer folds.”

“Are we admirers or followers?”

And… your answer is? The fact is, Jesus is not looking for admirers, He is always looking for followers. After all, it was Jesus who said in Luke 9:23-24, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Admirers don’t pick up crosses. Theirs or anyone else’s.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-27, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Admirers often say the right things, but when the storms come, rarely do they put the His words into practice.

“Are we admirers or followers?”  The world is in desperate need of Followers of Jesus.