36 As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.”After Jesus said these things, he went away and hid from them. 37 Jesus had done many miraculous signs before the people, but they didn’t believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of the prophet Isaiah: Lord, who has believed through our message? To whom is the arm of the Lord fully revealed? 39 Isaiah explains why they couldn’t believe: 40 He made their eyes blind and closed their minds so that they might not see with their eyes, understand with their minds, and turn their lives around— and I would heal them. 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Jesus’ glory; he spoke about Jesus. 42 Even so, many leaders believed in him, but they wouldn’t acknowledge their faith because they feared that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.43 They believed, but they loved human praise more than God’s glory. (John 12:36-43, CEB)
There is a big difference between being a follower of Jesus and someone who attends worship.
I say that standing in a garage doesn’t make me a car, anymore than being in worship makes me a follower of Jesus. I stand in a garage all the time and I will never be a car. And just because I go to worship doesn’t mean that I follow Jesus.
There were many who believed what Jesus said and did, but they would not admit it because they like the place the people put them, more than being right with God. You see sometimes in our walk with God we will be called upon to say things that the people around us find offensive and not what we need to do even though it is from God. That is when we show if we are an attender of worship or a follower of Jesus.
Another way to see is if the light shines through your life, and you live in a way that shows Jesus to the world. Now all of us will falter and mess up, but what is the daily way you live?
Do you want the praise of people, or do you follow after God?
Love People, Love God.