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Davidisms - It's Easier to Calm Down a Fanatic than to Raise Someone from the Dead

Do you know any sports fans? Maybe you yourself are one. I certainly am. The enthusiasm we feel for our teams creates a loyal fan mentality in most of us. The joy it brings to cheer. To root our team to victory, time and time again. The word “fan” is rooted in the word “fanatic.” Someone who is excessively enthusiastic. With impassioned emotion. A true devotee. Jesus wants us, his followers, to be his “fans.” Totally sold out to him. Knowing that to live is Christ. To die is gain (Phil. 1:21). To eat, sleep, and breathe as a disciple of the King. Some Christians worry that being too sold out to Christ can be offensive to others. Too much to handle. A little crazy. Guess what? That’s ok! Why? Because it’s easier to calm down a fanatic than to raise someone from the dead. Dead to all things spiritual. Seemingly hopeless. Aimless and unguided. Are you fanatic for Jesus? Congratulations! That’s just what he wants you to be. His biggest fan. And to hear one day, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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