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Series: Not a Fan
This Week: Define the Relationship
TUESDAY — Jesus has A LOT of fans!
Big Point: When push comes to shove…whom do you FOLLOW?
Fan: an enthusiastic ADMIRERER of something.
A fan revolves around a focal point,
which changes through out the seasons of life.
It’s not constant or relational and it doesn’t guide our daily lives.
Follower: a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal,
one who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief, disciple.
A follower is often an implication of personal relationship
and a longing commitment to a deeply impacted belief.
An excerpt from Not a Fan: After a day of teaching, Jesus fed 5,000 people from a sack lunch of five loaves of bread and two small fish. The Bible tells us that even after everyone had their fill, there was plenty of food left over. After the meal, the crowd decides to camp out for the night so they can be with Jesus the next day. These are some big time fans.
The next morning the crowd wakes up and finds Jesus and his disciples have crossed over to the other side of the lake. These fans are hoping for an encore performance. By the time they catch up to Jesus, they miss their chance to order breakfast and they are ready to find out what’s on the lunch menu. But Jesus has decided to shut down the “all you can eat buffet”.
Fans like the show—they like to see the one that they admire do something that is worthy of admiration. The crowd wasn’t really interested in getting to know Jesus, they just wanted to be close by in case he did something interesting.
READ…What does the Bible say?
John 6:26-27 (New Living Translation)
26Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.
John 6:35 (New Living Translation) I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:66 (New Living Translation) At this point many of his disciples turned around and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
THINK…Find the answers
John 6 tells the story of Jesus’ feeding 5,000 people (let’s call them “fans”) with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, but the story doesn’t stop there. We see the crowd’s actions the next day. According to John 6:26-27, what did Jesus’ fans do the next day?
How can we know the crowd following Jesus were only fans, not followers? The gospel of John describes the character of being a fan. What were the fans’ primary interest? What is Jesus interested in? What is Jesus’ true offering?
LIVE…What will you do now?
What are you a fan of (a sports team, celebrities, hobbies, etc…)? What are some of the things that you do that identify you as a fan?
The focus of our “fan-dom” changes from time to time. Think back to the music you liked five years ago or the fashion trend you couldn’t live without 10 years ago. Jesus should not be a trend in our lives that fades with time. Are you able to identify any “fan-behaviors” that you need to eliminate?
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Pray that God guides your activities to bring you closer to Him. Ask Him to help you prioritize your daily life to impact it with spiritual relationships instead of superficial admiration.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: Numbers 13-16
13:1 Kadesh was an oasis in the wilderness, but it was also a sad place in Israelite history. It was here that the Israelites decided that they were too afraid to enter the Promised Land, so they had to wander for 40 years. At Kadesh, Moses disobeyed God (Numbers 20:-7-12). Aaron and Miriam also died here.
13:33-14:4 The negative opinion of 10 men caused millions to rebel. We have to be careful about our negative opinions because people often take opinion as fact and, therefore, we can unwittingly harm those who rely on us for advice.
14:1-10 Once the people began to freak out, they lost focus on God’s character. How often do we get so upset about something that we can’t even focus enough to remember God’s faithfulness in the past or pray about the situation?
14:22 “again and again” God wasn’t exaggerating when He said the Israelites had failed to trust Him. Reflect on what you’ve read in the last few chapters and how often the Israelites complained or rebelled. 15:32-36 This is a severe punishment because it was an act of deliberate sin. God mandated no work on Sabbath and this man was in direct violation.
16:1-10 Korah and his associates were not content with their position. One of the ways we can fall away from following God is by letting our greed or inappropriate ambition cause us to envy others or rebel against God.
16:26 “Don’t touch anything…” Touching the belongings of the men who rebelled would have represented sympathy to their cause and agreement with the rebellion. There are times when we have to make a fundamental choice if we are for God or not. We cannot act like we are for God, yet wink our eye at the enemy.
16:41 Notice how the people went right back to complaining…