Then they believed His words; They sang His praise. They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.
If God is our greatest Fan and the One we should seek to please, shouldn't we be His greatest fans? No. It's just not enough, because 'The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?' (Jeremiah 17:9). Fans can be fickle.
Jesus didn't say, 'Cheer for Me.' He said, 'Follow Me' (Matthew 19:21; Mark 8:34, 10:21; Luke 9:23, 18:22; John 21:22).
'Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me' ' (Matthew 16:24). These are hard words to read and harder to follow. But follow we must.
Because only in the pursuit of perfection are we perfected, 'Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith' (Hebrews 12:2). 'Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect' (Matthew 5:48).
The Lion of Judah (see Revelation 5:5) is the ultimate action Hero. 'The Captain of our salvation' (see Hebrews 2:10) is not stationary. He is the Mover, the Shaker, and 'The Deliverer' (Romans 11:26). If we are to follow Him, we cannot sit in the pews cheering. Fans can be fickle.
Because when we sit still and our cheering stops, the enemy can easily overwhelm us. To overwhelm him, we must stay close to Jesus. That includes following His orders. 'He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation' ' (Mark 16:15).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: preach with the excellence of your performance--especially off stage. And 'when necessary, use words' (St. Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fans Can Be Fickle series.