Christians who make a decision to transform from fan to follower have a difficult path. We know we are changed in our heart, but our outside appearance still reflects who we were.
If we change how we appear, we open the door for others to inquire about our change. We are more believable because our friends, family and community see the transformation, not just feel a change.
What can we do to show the world who we are becoming, and to shed who we once were?
Paul had this problem, walking amongst people he once hunted. He changed his appearance to prove to them that he came to them a believe in Jesus Christ. He cut his hair to demonstrate his faith and belief that Jesus rose from the dead and died for our sins.
See me transform from fan to follower
I am thinking that I need to make a change as to how people see and hear me. I have a need to transform my outwardly appearance and change my words to match what is in my heart.
In essence, I feel the need to cut my hair, so when people see me, when a potential spouse meets me, will instantly see the person who is in my heart. I want to wear my faith on my sleeve showing I am in love with the Lord. And, I love who I am, and am willing to share that love with all who I care about deeply.
I am transforming from a fan to a follower. I am making the committment to follow Jesus in everything I do for the rest of my life. Make no mistake, I want the world to know who I choose to walk with at all times, and I feel the need to make changes to show my faith as Paul did.
I have to do more than cut my hair to show my commitment, because I basically have no hair! Instead, I am seeking my closest friends to suggest ways that I might improve my demeanor and appearance to match who I am today.
Join these men, go through the rite of purification with them, and pay for the shaving of their heads. Thus all will know tha tthere is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself observe and guard the law. – Acts 21:24 NRSV