28 August, 2009

Are You F.A.T.?

Matthew 24: 45 - 51 speaks of two servants: one who is faithful and wise and one who is unfaithful and slothful. To the one who is faithful and wise; there are great rewards. To the other; there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. Something tells me that if we would have been able to speak to the unfaithful one, he would have thought that there was nothing wrong and that there was plenty of time to set things right if it wasn’t right.

Proverbs 20:6 says: Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

The faithful and wise would just keep on doing what was required. You see that is the key to being used of God. To be a faithful servant God is looking for us to be Faithful, Available, and Teachable... F.A.T.

Does this describe you? The Disciples were FAT, Paul was FAT, are you F A T?

Are you faithful? God is looking for, longing for those who are faithful.

God is faithful to us. In Deuteronomy 7:9 the Word of God says, "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations."

So the question is, Are we faithful? I mean, REALLY faithful. Can God count on us to always be there, dependable and trustworthy? His desire is for us to be what he describes in 1 Samuel 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

Are we faithful to His Word? Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. This is not just for the preacher, but for all of us who are under the blood.

Are we faithful in His service? Remember the parable of the talents? To the one who was faithful and used his talents the Master said, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Are You Available?
We need to ask ourselves, "Are we available to be used of God?"

How many of us have used something besides a hammer to drive a nail? We all have. Why? It was handy. So, the question is, "Are you handy to God?" We often think that God has to use the "professional" minister, but God has a calling and a use for all of us if we will only make ourselves available. In 1 Samuel 3:10 "And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant hears."
Are we available to be used of God?

Remember in Isaiah 6:8 "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." We need to learn to make ourselves available.

The last point or question is "Are You Teachable?"

A funny thing has happened in the Body of Christ. There are always those who are rising up who feel it is there job to tell the preacher what he ought to be preaching. They feel like they have a better understanding of God than anyone else. Many in the church have become "spiritual know it alls." What is a spiritual know it all? It is someone who does not need to be taught. Or maybe it would be better to say someone who refuses to be taught. Someone who has such insight and knowledge that they are above everyone else and too mature to learn new things.

A question that we need to ask ourselves is are we grasping the teaching? Paul warned that in the last days there would be a people who are "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." We are living in that day.

We must be teachable so that we can teach. Another characteristic of the last days church is that everyone wants to soak it in, but not give out. Try finding teachers, kids church workers, or those to teach in a nursing home. They are few and far in-between. No one wants to leave the sanctuary and go teach. The writer of Hebrews said, in 5:12 "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat."

So, look in the spiritual mirror today and ask yourself this question: Am I FAT?
If we want to be used of God we must be.
Are you Faithful, Available and Teachable? It takes all three to be F.A.T.

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