5.14.2013 NOT A FAN!

Let’s pray: Lord I come to you humbled that that you ask me to be salt & light.  Please use me as your vessel to be your Disciple reaching out to all as the light on the hill.  Please clear my mind & spirit as I listen to your words & give me a new identity so that my actions become a symbol to all that I come into contact with today & in the future until I sit at the right of Jesus.   Amen.

Luke 9:1-9

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.

As I read these verses, I immediately thought of our Small Group Study entitled “Not a fan”  This study asked us if we were a fan of Christ sitting in the stands cheering for HIM each Sunday & then returning to our regular identity on Monday morning, knowing that we had done our thing & were good for another week.

Or were we, or did we aspire to be a follower of Christ?!  GOD challenges us to get off the sidelines, get out of the stands & walk with HIM & be HIS Disciple.  HE says we are equipped just as we are-keep it simple, don’t load ourselves up with a lot of tools, we are the tool!

It is easy for me to just sit back & enjoy what Christ has done in my life.  But the challenge is how can I help others to enjoy Christ in their lives.  In the Not a Fan series one part that resonated with me was the character acted one way at work & another way on Sunday mornings.  When a co-worker asked him if he was the same person that he sat with in church every Sunday, the character responded by saying, " That is Sunday. This is the real world."

Really?  Is that who GOD calls us me to be?  As long as I am good on Sunday & live a Christ-filled life then I am good with GOD?  Am I content with being a fan?  Or is GOD calling me to be a true follower & go & disciple to all?    Do I hit the snooze button on GOD’s alarm clock?  Or is there something that HE is calling me to do that I keep putting off?

Jesus tells me to go & “preach the kingdom of God & to heal the sick.”  I don’t need any extra equipment, HE is the tool.  I may not think that I am qualified.  Should I leave it to pastor or others that are more “in tune” with the Spirit?  NO, Jesus gives me the power & authority that I need to “drive out all demons & cure diseases.”

I struggle with this new identity thing & following Christ.  I have been on the sidelines so long.  It is easy on the sidelines cheering.  The hard part is getting off the bench & saying I can do this.  I can change my identity & I can act differently.  In fact, Sunday after church, my nephew had left a message saying he was in town & wanted to introduce my mother, Cindy & myself to his fiancé.  We were in Dallas a couple of weeks ago & were supposed to meet her then, but they never came over.  I was offended that he wanted to “ruin” my plans for Mother’s Day & meet with us Sunday afternoon.  But after thinking about it, I decided it wasn’t about my plan, this was an opportunity.  We called him back to try to get together, but he was already eating & no longer had time to get together because he had to head back home.  The point is it’s not about me, or my plans, it’s about HIM & HIS plans for me.

HE has given me the power of the kingdom of GOD.  It is up to me to use this GOD-given, Jesus-bought power.  How do I respond?  Do I keep cheering in the stands?  Or do I step to the plate & hit a homerun for JESUS!

Are you a fan, or are you a follower?  I would love to hear from you.

Blessings & Love,