go team!

Exciting days in the Cleveland area because of the NBA Finals. 

Lots of fans jumping on board and buying tickets now they didn't buy all season. The followers who have been at this all season have made space for the fans... and why not?

Still, I'm reminded of the difference between being a fan and a follower.

Fans are buying expensive merchandise and tickets today. Followers sit out there at cheap games when nothing is happening and cheer on any progress.

Fans are still learning the names of the players... "How do you say that - 'Dellavedova' - is that Russian?" Followers could pronounce the jersey numbers and history of players from years back.

Fans are shaking their fists in enthusiasm now, cheering loudly. Followers were shaking their heads when the team seemed to be losing months ago and watercooler chatter said it was a lost cause.

Fans think they're followers. Followers think about how easy it could be to just become a fan.

As Kyle Idleman pointed out, this is a great metaphor for faith.



Fans dress up in the "right" gear to get religious for a moment in their week/month/season/year. Followers come before their Coach each day no matter what they're wearing and ask, "What does it mean to let You take the lead on the details and decisions of what I do out there today?"

Fans talk loudly about how Christianity is nothing but a game with corrupt officiants and players who really don't play. Followers get quiet and lean into the redemptive, authoritative whisper of God that can turn any foul into a free throw shot that changes everything.

Fans are experts (if you ask them) about who should do what out there because they've been watching from the sidelines by for years. Followers are amateurs (if you ask them) because they recognize the Playbook requires them to think beyond their instincts and trust in a bigger strategy that requires regular community and teamwork.

Fans think they're followers. Followers think about how easy it could be to just become a fan.

Are you a fan... or a follower?

Perhaps there is a better question.

Will you CHOOSE to be a fan... or a follower?

If you think you could never show your face among the followers because you recognized you've just been a fan, no worries.

The followers who have been at this all season have made space for the fans... and why not?

Whether you're a fan or a follower (or a cynic who refuses to decide, which is a decision in itself) there's a spot for YOU (perhaps again) and anyone who wants to be on the team.

No religious "jerseys" required.
In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:11)

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