How Fat are You?
The wise of heart will receive commands, but a babbling fool will be thrown down. (Proverbs 10:8)
When I was a senior in high school, I was lean and athletic, tipping the scales at 165 – 170 pounds. No doubt, my frame could carry more weight, and I needed to “fill out” a little more and lose that schoolboy physique. So when I got to college and began dining on the All-You-Can-Eat Dobie Cafeteria Meal Plan at UT, I began to fill out. My weight jumped to 175-180. After I got married and we started having kids, I filled out even more. Today, I am hovering around 200, with no more room to “fill out.” I’d like for the lean, fit, 185 pound Jeff Schreve to come back soon! That guy could eat like a horse and still stay at 10% body fat.
All of us know that getting physically fat is not wanted or healthy. In the spiritual realm, however, FAT is the way to be! The Lord wants His followers to be FAT. So, how FAT are you?
F is for Faithful. When you are faithful, you are trustworthy and dependable. You are a person others can count on. You are one who is true to his word and follows through on his commitments. Additionally, as the word clearly communicates, being faithful means you are full of faith (just as beautiful means full of beauty and wonderful means full of wonder). A faithful person believes God and steps out on His Word, walking “by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).
A is for Available. When you are available, you are not filling your plate with your agenda, leaving little time for the things of God. An available person has one agenda, and that is God’s agenda. This person understands that he is a servant of the King. And the servant truly has one and only one job: to do the will of the master. Philip was one who was available to the Lord. He was leading a big revival in Samaria, but when an angel of the Lord told him to arise and go to a desert road leading to Gaza, he immediately arose and went (see Acts 8:25-40). Philip was a “yes, Lord” person. Are you?
T is for Teachable. When you are teachable, you are very open to correction. You receive commands, corrections, and even rebukes with “an honest and good heart” (Lk. 8:15) that wants to learn, grow, and be healthy. You are not defensive and prideful, trying hard to justify your actions and win arguments. You are willing to have blind spots pointed out by trusted friends who love you and want God’s best for you. It takes humility to be teachable. And when you are humble, God pours out His grace.
As you look over this acrostic, step on the spiritual scales and see how FAT you are. Ask God to help you in the area(s) where you may be falling short. Pray the prayer of David, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Ps. 139:23-24).
The Lord works the greatest and the best in a heart that is faithful, available, and teachable.
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