Your Biggest Fan
Ever heard someone say God is your biggest fan? There is a good possibility that I may have found myself thinking this way too. However, recently I’ve had to correct this mindset that God is not my biggest fan. Of course, it’s true that God is for us, absolutely. And yes, He cheers us on and has got our back. Always and forever. All this goes without saying. But to say that God is your biggest fan elevates us to a status of entitlement that is rooted in self-serving rather than a servant’s heart.
The spreading evolution within our culture of people going from an elevated status to being culturally cancelled possibly strikes fear into many these days. “I’m your biggest fan” can turn rather quickly into “I’m cancelling you out” all within minutes of something they didn’t like someone said on social media. And if we’re not careful, we can bring this fan-based mindset into our Christian walk where we are the ones who get to call all the shots.
A disconnection of the lines of whose will is going to be done in our relationship with God finds us drawing our own conclusions that if God doesn’t do what we want, if He doesn’t say what we want to hear, if He doesn’t fix things and make our circumstances better, then the ‘God is my biggest fan’ mentality turns into quickly wanting to cancel God out.
The trouble with fans is that they’re flaky and can have their opinion swayed too easily because it all depends on whether the majority agrees with them or not. But God never changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever [Hebrews 13:8]. And the whole assumption that God is your biggest fan reduces the power of His sacrifice on the cross down to a performance-based relationship and then sad to say, we find it isn’t just the tomb that becomes empty but our worship and devotion to Jesus. True worship only comes when we decide to lift our hands to heaven even in the midst of our trials and battles.
In C.S. Lewis’s brilliant book, The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape reminds his nephew, Wormwood that all his progress in detaching his patient from the Enemy (which is God in his opinion) has come undone because, “When He talks of their losing their selves, He only means abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.”
Losing ourselves and allowing God’s will to be done in our lives regardless of the outcome can feel counter-cultural to the world’s standards. We gain no fans when we chose to swim in the opposite direction to everyone else but this is where we become ourselves. Just ask Jesus’ twelve disciples. However, when we know God isn’t our biggest fan after all, but He is actually our Saviour and King who paid the ultimate price to save us from an eternity without Him, we can confidently become wholly His because our relationship doesn’t depend upon popularity or fan-based mindsets.
Saying God is your biggest fan cheapens His grace and power that enables us to fully put Him first in our lives as our faith deepens into trust and develops as we remember what He has done for us. Our relationship should not be based on whether He answers all our prayers and requests because we view Him as our biggest fan but because of who He is. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End as stated in Revelation 22:13.
When we view God as our biggest fan it is then we who become the centre of attention when it should be Him who gets all our adoration and attention. So, what I’m trying to say is that we need to flip the script that God is our biggest fan and become His biggest fan. The ones who decide to not go and rub any lamps in the hope of finding a genie who is going to grant their every wish, but to find a Saviour who came to earth and decided to rescue, redeem and restore us even when it was unpopular. A King who deserves each one of us to be His biggest fan.
Have you heard the saying that God is your biggest fan? How has this blog post changed your view of that statement?
I pray today that you will know the depth, width, and length of God’s love for you and that you will become His biggest fan. Amen.