TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
God is making evident how to count the cost. Are you willing to pay the price? Remember, the Kingdom rewards are worth it! It’s time to make a move!
FAN OR FOLLOWER?
There is a big difference between followers and fans. Fans have to be entertained in how they know Jesus. Followers are required to pay a price because they follow Jesus.
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Be sure that you’re not just a fan, but an actual follower of Jesus. Followers know the truth because the Truth – Jesus – has set them free.
After defining King Jesus as truth, truth is articulated by defining ‘what’s real’ and what is ‘on target’ with the King and the Kingdom. The Kingdom is simply this: where the King has dominion. When you see something that doesn’t look like the King has dominion, it isn’t true!
No matter how dramatic it is, no matter how many magazine covers or newspaper articles are devoted to it, it doesn’t matter how many brilliant headlines shout that something is real, it’s not truth.
I recently had someone ask, “Hey Troy, how many orphanages do you plan to build?” Well, how many orphans are there?
If we have the opportunity to help abandoned, desperate, starving people, why would we not help? Because the truth is, fans don’t help. They applaud. They like the Facebook post then gulp down their Starbucks while “doing their part” by clapping for our efforts.
Reality check! Fans don’t get dirty. They don’t have their hearts broken, their wallets emptied or their reputations trampled by a mob that says anything done in the name of Jesus is bad.
Followers pay the price. If you have the opportunity to love, bless and encourage people into the Kingdom for eternity, do it. Being uncomfortable for a short while is a small price to pay for the eternal reward of not showing up in heaven alone.
“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower does not sit down first and count the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it?” – Luke 14:27-28
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO PAY THE PRICE. DON’T BE A FAN! FOLLOW JESUS INTO THE FIGHT FOR SOULS AND SET PEOPLE FREE WITH THE TRUTH.
From my sermon series I LOVE MY TRIBE