What to do When Your Heart Isn’t In It

So what do you do if you find yourself in a place of acedia, where you want to passionately pursue Jesus but your heart isn’t in it?  Notice what Jesus tells the church in Ephesus.  He says to repent and do the things you did at first (Revelation 2:4-5).

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page138

The Craziest “Come After” Story Ever

The craziest come after story of all is when God put on flesh, came to this earth, and died in our place.  He took the initiative and pursued you.  When we realize the extravagance of His love, it begins to change our hearts.  We love him, because he first loved us.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 136

A Pursuit that Requires Everything

Jesus wants us to understand that following him is a pursuit that requires everything we have.  Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 13 called “The Pearl of Great Price.” It gives us a picture of what Jesus had in mind when he invited us to come after him.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 132

We Need Grace for the Journey

It’s important to understand that the grace of God doesn’t simply invite us to follow… it teaches us to follow.  Just because Matthew left his past behind and started following didn’t mean he was perfect.  Far from it.  Even after we decide to follow Jesus, we continue to need his grace for the journey.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 124

An Open Invitation

When Jesus invited Matthew to follow, he was making it clear that this is an invitation extended not solely to the religious elite, the morally upright, and those who have their lives together.  But it is an invitation to all of us who are hiding some stains.  Jesus throws out the elitist application process and gives an open invitation.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 122

Believing and Following are Inseparable in terms of Our Response to the Gospel

But the truth is that John 3:16 and Luke 9:23 have to go to together in order for there to be an accurate understanding of the gospel’s invitation.

John 3:16 emphasizes believing.

Luke 9:23 focuses on following.

Those two thing must necessarily go together.  There is no believing without following.  There is no John 3:16 without Luke 9:23.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 116

God’s Desires Are Far More Simple than Our Attempts to Appease Him

More than he wants our acts of piety, more than he wants our adherence to religion, more than he wants our observance of rules and rituals, more than he wants our words of affection, he simply wants to know us and for us to know him.  And ultimately that’s how our relationship with him will be defined.  And if that isn’t there, all prophesying, exorcisms and miracles in the world won’t matter.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 108