A while ago I attended a conference and was encouraged to be a FAT Christian. Before you think I’m talking about overeating, FAT stands for Faithful, Available, and Teachable.
A Christian should be Faithful. We may not all be talented, but anybody can be faithful and dependable. Of all the qualities in a Christian worker, I think this is the most important. I love to see someone keep serving the Lord. I’ll be honest, this is a not a popular quality. We can always find something to interrupt our service to the Lord – sports, family, weather, entertainment, etc. I am grateful for the faithful workers we have in our church.
A Christian should be Available. When God moves us to do something for Him, we should be ready as soon as He leads. One of our problems is when we haven’t built into our lives enough margin to let God interrupt our schedule. When an opportunity to serve God comes along, we don’t have time to be involved. However, I also think another problem is priority. God and His work must be a priority of our life. The saying is: If Jesus is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all. And so if God’s work and our schedule have a conflict, we should put Christ first in our decisions.
A Christian should be Teachable. This places each of us in a humble, submissive attitude toward others and circumstances. There are no ‘know-it-alls’ in God’s world. Only those who think they know it all. We should have an attitude that we can learn from others. Just because we may have some superiority over others in some areas, does not mean that we cannot learn some valuable lessons of life.
So, are you a FAT Christian? Are you dependable in your ministry? Are you ready to volunteer to help in a ministry? Are you willing to learn something new about yourself, God or life?