Last week my husband started a new teaching series at church asking the question, Fan or Follower?
Yesterday we continued the teaching by looking at the story of Nicodemus, found in John chapter three. Nicodemus was member of the Jewish ruling council. He wanted to learn more about Jesus, so he came to talk to Him, but Nicodemus came at night. He approached under the cover of darkness because he didn't want to jeopardize his old life-style by meeting with Jesus.
Fans are happy to follow Jesus as long as they don't have to make any real changes.
But there is no way to follow Jesus without Him impacting your life. Following Jesus will always cost you something, if not everything.
Has following Jesus cost you anything?
I love to watch design and makeover shows on HGTV or DIY. There are two types of these makeovers. One kind is pretty easy and just requires a decision, like where to place the furniture or which color to paint. The other kind requires more of a commitment. This makeover involves a total renovation on the subject room or yard. It's not just splashing on some paint; they take everything out, sometimes down to the studs.
That's what Jesus wants to do in our lives.
Most of us would say that we wouldn't mind Jesus doing a little touch-up work in our lives, just not a complete makeover. But Jesus isn't interested in just superficial work.
A decision is not enough. Jesus is looking for a commitment.