By Michelle E. Georgiana
Understanding the skinny on becoming ” F.A.T.” is the first phase in applying it to our lives. What does becoming F.A.T. look like in our life today? How do we get to that place of “F.A.T.-ness“?
1) Prepare our hearts daily
It is important that we wake up daily with the thought, “Lord this is your day, how may I serve you?” Not like many of us, who tend to wake up stretching and opening one eye at a time while grumbling and stumbling on our way out of bed thinking about all we have to do. “Lord can we just get this day over with?” *sigh*
We need to prepare our hearts daily. when we wake up we should say, “Good morning, Father! Thank you for this precious day. How may I serve you along the way?” Instead, we often jump out of bed after the alarm has sounded more times than it should – that blasted snooze button- and we begin in a rush, rush, rush, hurry, hurry, hurry schedule, because we are running late. What if God’s people actually took an extra, ten or twenty minutes, or dare I say thirty minutes in the morning to talk with Him, the One who has blessed us with this new day? I wonder how our days would begin to transform and our perspectives become enlightened?
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” (Psalm 5:3, 25:4)
2) Study to show thyself approved
We can’t expect to grow and mature, let alone have a stamp of approval,(2 Tim 2:15) if we aren’t seeking and studying His Word. It is vital to our growth that we are “rooted and built up” (Colossians 2:7). It is important that we are reading God’s Word to hear his voice and also as a daily study tool. Take time to find a devotional to follow (check out She Steps) or a Bible study that spurs you to want to read more and know more. To become F.A.T., we have to put down the “milk” and get ready to eat some solid foods and dive into the word deeper. Once we were infants in Christ, but there comes a point where we have to grow or otherwise we just become plump babies.
“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12)
3) Attend church regularly and be connected with other Christ followers
“And let us not neglect meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another…” (Hebrews 10:25)
For some people going to church is easy. There is no delay in arriving timely at the church for Sunday school or morning worship; there is no hesitation in attending another day of the week for a Bible study or Life Group experience. However, there are some that find it easier to stay in bed, hit the snooze, go boating or golfing rather than go to His house. If you want to get F.A.T., church attendance must be a priority in your life. I will be very honest, there have been days where I would rather have stayed home in bed and slept in on a Sunday morning, especially after a long, intense week of work, kids activities, housekeeping, etc. However, by choosing to get up and go to God’s house, I exercised spiritual muscles, satisfied a craving to want to draw nearer to Him and understand His Word better. It is in me to want to keep getting F.A.T.! If I would have stayed home and lounged in my pajamas or went golfing instead, I would not be gaining the knowledge and wisdom that are needed to become a teacher or mentor, let alone a better wife, mother and friend! Our journey doesn’t end the moment we accept Christ, it just begins! It’s time to put down the bottles of milk and pick up the fork and dive into the meat. I challenge you to try it – you might just awaken a craving that only He can truly satisfy!
*Let me note that it is vital to your growth that you attend a Bible believing church. One that considers the scriptures the Word of God. Be on guard and cautious as to where you choose. If you are attending somewhere and you have never read the church doctrine, ask for a copy and compare it with God’s Word. If you have a question, ask someone. If you aren’t attending a church, begin to ask God to lead you to one and for him to send someone into your path to help you. My church isn’t just a building, it is my family. Won’t you join one?
4) Seek Opportunities
Let’s say you have been studying, you are committed to a church and attend regularly and have chosen to prepare your heart daily; well dear child of God, it’s time to seek opportunities. It is time to try something out – seek out a need in the church and fulfill it. It might not be what you want, but he will lead you to what He wants you to do. Many times people assume there is no need in a church, because it isn’t posted or it just seems like everything runs smoothly so it must be handled! Can I tell you that is false! Having worked at a church and having a husband as a pastor on staff, I can tell you that there is always something that needs to be completed. It might not be teaching a Sunday school class at first, but there are ways that you can serve. Ask your senior pastor or youth pastor, even the church secretary or cleaning staff, maybe you just notice cobwebs in the corner of the ceiling or the weeds in the flower bed and you just ask if it would be okay to take care of it? As you begin to serve and are faithful with the little tasks, God will reward you with greater ones. As you do the small and grow in bigger opportunities, you will see how F.A.T. you will become.
I am so excited that you have taken time to read this series and I pray that as you choose to put Him first and as you are faithful, make yourself available, and are open to being trained or taught, that you will grow F.A.T. in exceeding measure and make great strides in God’s kingdom. May his love that is bountiful shower your life and the blessings that he holds in heaven flow down into your life as you are obedient to what he is calling you to do.
God Bless you Sons and Daughters of the Most High!
In His Precious Name,
If you missed any of the series, please check them out here:
Part 1: Are You F.A.T.?
Part 2: What Does F.A.T. Represent?