by Michelle E. Georgiana
We are continuing our study on the importance of becoming F.A.T. (If you missed part 1, please click here to read it in its entirety. ) When I speak of F.A.T., I am not talking about the idea of gaining weight as far as body mass. No, I am talking about a spiritual FATNESS. God is looking for people who are ready to get F.A.T. for his kingdom. Now, what does that mean?
Being faithful is defined as adhering firmly and devotely to a person, cause or an idea. It is the idea of being loyal. Just as a husband is faithful to his wife (and vice versa), it means that he is committed to one woman, through one marriage, one relationship. He or she does not seek to be partially devoted to his/her spouse, rather they are whole heartedly giving their devotion to him or her. In the same measure, when we answer the question, “Choose this day whom you will serve;” (Joshua 24:15) we are saying, we will have no other gods before the One True God. (Exodus 20:3) It is the practice of putting aside anything or anyone that we once held in a higher regard then the Creator of life and then becoming one hundred percent loyal to Him who sits on the throne. It is more than saying, “Yes, Lord, I believe you died on the cross for my sins and you ascended into heaven and are seated at the right hand of the throne.” Our life needs to reflect His Word. We need to be faithful in how we apply God’s truths in our lives and strive in our faithfulness (our commitment, our devotion) to adhere to what His Word says. Our life should reflect his nature and His Word. We need to be faithful and consistent.
Being faithful is step one of the F.A.T. process. Part two is being available. God is searching for people who love him and are willing to step up to bat, so to speak. He is looking for men and women alike who will step out of the batter’s box and get ready to start swinging. Its time to stop being bench warmers or people merely sitting in the grandstand watching the game. Its time to put into practice what we have been taught. God is ready for his people to be available. You don’t have to be the best or have published a book or received a Master’s degree in Theology. No, God will equip those he calls. I think of Moses in the book of Exodus chapter 4, verse 10, he says, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Moses was available but wasn’t ready to “go out and get ’em” because he limited himself in by thinking because he was slow to speak, he thought that he wasn’t the “right” candidate. It was as though he didn’t fit the mold. God had a reply for Moses. God said, in Exodus 4:11-12, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Here is what I feel that God is saying to each of us, “It doesn’t matter if you think you have the right stuff, the reality is I have all the stuff, and I am here to help you.” The question we have to ask ourselves is this, “How can you make yourself available and are you willing to do so?”
T: Trainable (Teachable)
A wise man in my life, my husband, said, “To be a teacher, you have to be a student. To teach, you have to have been taught. Don’t will to be a teacher if you are not willing to be student.” That’s quite a bit to chew on. There can be two extremes when it comes to the idea of being “teachable.” Either, someone thinks they know it all and fails to continue to study, search, examine, learn and even accept rebuke from a leader. Then there are the people who learn, learn, learn and never spill out their knowledge by teaching others. In order to be F.A.T., we need to become a trainable and teachable person. We might be faithful, even willing to be available, but are we willing to submit ourselves under leadership of another and study and learn so that we are able to become an efficient and effective teacher for God’s glory. We need to be committed to acquiring knowledge, skills and competency. “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
Next, we will look at Part 3: How Do I Get F.A.T.?
Part 1: Are You F.A.T.?
Part 3: How Do I Get F.A.T.?