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I’m FAT and Happy, What About You?

 

In a world where skinny is in it’s hard to think that being fat for any reason as a good thing.

But a skinny, anorexic Christian not what we are called to be.

The acronym FAT is not new, I didn’t come up with it but I just heard it for the first time last week at bible study.

F.A.T. stands for faithful, available, teachable.  This is how we should posture ourselves in life as we learn, grow and walk out of relationship with Christ every day.

Let’s examine each word one at a time and I’ll tell you what FAT means to me.

Faithful

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

Sometimes in life we go through tragedy and trial.  Sometimes we hit amazing mountain peaks and other times we seem to spend years in the valley. No matter what season we are in we must remain faithful that the Lord is in control.

This also applies to His leading for us individually.  When Jesus called Peter or Paul they stepped out in faith and went with Him.  He didn’t give them the “game plan”, He didn’t show them the itinerary.  They went knowing there was something about this Jesus of Nazareth that was undeniably different.

How much better do we have it today?  When He calls us to step out in faith we can do so as we recount what those before us have done.  When you are prompted to step out of your comfort zone and pray for someone, give someone a kind word, lead a small group or stand up and give your testimony you are taking a step of faith.  Being faithful in these promptings allows the Lord to work in and through you.

Am I Faithful?

Do I allow earthly circumstances to change my view of God?  Do I step out to the uncomfortable even when it hurts?

Do I believe that He has a plan for my life?

Available

The calling on our lives is there from before we were born.  God knew the plan for your life before your life started.  The callings that are on our lives, (I believe we go through different seasons with different callings), are always there but we need to be available to Him so that we can receive the instruction that goes with the calling.

We must posture ourselves in a way that we are open to hearing from Him.  This will look slightly different for each of us but one thing is for sure, we cannot be say we are available to Him if we don’t spend regular time with Him seeking both His face and His presence.

Am I Available? 

Am I available to the Lord?  Am I willing to spend my precious time with Him so that I can hear him?  

Am I willing to do whatever He asks of me whenever He asks?  If He lays someone on my heart do I call them or do I put it off? 

Teachable

We must remain teachable.

Nicodemus didn’t get it but he asked Jesus and you know what Jesus did – He answered him!  I believe Nicodemus had a teachable spirit.  He knew something was right about Jesus, he did not understand but he had the courage to ask.

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” ~ John 3: 1-15

We too must always remain teachable asking the Lord to show us more and give us fresh revelation.  God’s word tells us in Jeremiah 33:3 to “call on me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” 

We will never know it all, but He will reveal things to us that line up with His word if we posture ourselves to be teachable.

Am I teachable?

Am I willing to admit that I don’t know it all?  Am I willing to admit that what I thought I knew might not be Truth?  

Am I willing to receive fresh revelation from God that doesn’t look that which the family in the pew behind me is doing? 

Ask yourself these questions above, take them to the Lord every now and again and allow Him to show you if you’re slimming down too much.  

Oh, and I lied bit – being FAT doesn’t really make you happy, but it will help you find joy.  There’s a big difference.  Stay tuned as we explore the difference between happy and joyful.

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  1. I shared this with my readers because I loved being surprised by this and really loved the concept. So far one person obviously didn’t read the link, just said it’s okay that I’m fat, as long as I’m healthy (I’m not actually overweight, haha.) Then another was very rude about me linking to “religious bs”, even though I said it would be a surprise. Obviously she isn’t F, A, or T. 🙂 Pray for her!

    • Unfortunate Roz. At least she wasn’t too rude. I appreciate you sharing. If it planted a seed in just one person than I’m happy!

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