A couple weeks ago at my church service, my pastor talked about something that really stuck with me. He asked his congregation, “Are you a fan or a follower of Jesus Christ?” He then continued to describe each side. A fan accepts Jesus as their savior, but then after that they want to sit back and wait for Christ to come to them. They prefer to be in control of their own lives, because it is comfortable and predictable. They are self-empowered, rather than spirit-filled. But fans that try to follow Jesus without the power of the Holy Spirit, sooner or later reach the point where they are frustrated with life and failures and are overwhelmed with life’s circumstances. They don’t have the power to overcome their obstacles, and this makes them discouraged resulting in them distancing themselves from God. They are only a Christian when times are good. They might hear something that speaks to them, but then in a couple days they go back to living their ordinary lives. When they call themselves a Christian, and other look at them and compare their lives and don’t see a difference, they come to the conclusion that they don’t need Christ in their life. If the disciples were merely fans of Jesus, after he was taken up to Heaven, one of two things would have happened; they would have went back to their old lives, or they would have attempted to carry out the mission of God on their own strength and would have failed. Jesus would have disappeared into human history. However, a follower of Jesus Christ knows it’s not about me, or my comfort, it’s about what God can do through me. Jesus says: “If you want to be my follower, you need to deny yourself, let all that behind you and FOLLOW ME in the power of the Holy Spirit.” The witness of the spirit-filled Christian will change this world. The book of Acts is about the ministry of the disciples after Jesus was taken up to heaven, and ends after 28 Chapters. There is a church movement that calls themselves Acts 29, because we are the continuation of what started in Acts chapter 1 and ends in Acts 28. So be the next chapter of Acts!
Fullness of the spirit is mandatory for Christians. God in the flesh is good, but God in the spirit is BETTER. God knew that, so he sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. †
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