Are you FAT?

Wednesday Evening 4/8/2020

Luke 18:8

We have to understand that what we are facing today is a serious matter. At the same time we face serious matters everyday of our life. There are those who feel we should not make light of serious situations but in truth, it is most difficult for me not to see humor in almost everything.

One of my favorite things to do in hospital visitation is express to the nurse how much the patient is desiring an enema. Or for the male patient as they are waking up, tell them the tubal tying was a success. Except for with Judyann’s brother-n-law that was true.(Just kidding!)

With this quarantine (hopefully before it is over I will learn how to spell it) I seen this little picture. It was of a gal who was in good athletic shape, looking in the fridge on day 1. Well the next pic was later, say day 30 or 40 and she had, lets say enlarged her boundaries per say.

That is what I want to talk to you about today. Are you FAT!

 Not speaking about your physic but, rather your relationship with the Almighty God!

Are you Faithful? Are you Available? Are you Teachable?

  • Faithful
    • When you’re faithful, you are on time for work, you meet your deadlines or goals, and you give more than expected.
      • What does that look like in our relationship with God?
      • Well, you are on time for work, you meet your deadlines or goals and you give more than expected.
    • What we expect in the world from good character is for the most part what God expects out of us.
      •  Isn’t He worth that much?
    • In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus shared a principle through a parable about a persistent widow and a hard judge. He brings it to this conclusion.
      • (Lu 18:7-8) And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? (8) I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth.
  • Available.
    • Meaning being open to new opportunities. Willing to get out of your comfort zone.
      • You become available right where you are, understanding nobody’s job is done until everybody’s job is done.
    • When you look in scripture you most find God calling those who are available.
      •  They are not always the most talented, wise, or charismatic. Moses stuttered and got tired of dealing with people.
      •  David, well David had a lot of issues but yet really wanted to please the Lord.
      • Look at the disciples. Luke I reckon was the most educated but none was what you would look for to operate a world changing business.
      • But they all made themselves available!
    • Today, I believe that is one of our major hindrances. Finding folks who are available, or willing to be available. They have too many other more important interest.
      • Time and time again I hear, well God hasn’t called me to….
      •  My thought is when do you have time to hear?
  • Teachable.
    • (Proverbs 1:5) A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
      • Can we be honest? Remember humility is taking an honest estimation of ourselves.
    • We all want to feel like we are teachable. I bet the religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought the same.
      • But when they had the light before them they chose to remain in darkness, because what Jesus was teaching was foreign, though ought not to have been, but was foreign to their ears.
      • They stuck to what they believed in. Themselves.
    • Being teachable in no wise means that you fall for everything that sounds good or new.
      • It simply means you are willing to examine what you hear to see what truth there is, if any, in it.
    • Sadly for many of us, when God brings to light through someone or something an area where we have difficulty, we fall to our old nature.
      • We either defend our stance or argue our point but never really allow ourselves a look inside to see if there is something to it.
      • Don’t know how many times I have heard, “You just want to change me.” NO!  God is.
  • So, are you FAT?
    • Too often when it comes to being faithful, available, teachable we hang on to the,
      • You don’t know who I live with, what I go through. You don’t understand my work place, my upbringing.
      • If I had different circumstances or new opportunities.
    • You want some heavy truth!
      • I have realized if you are married, you have issues. If you have been through hard times, easy times any times, you have issues.
      • If you go to work, stay at home you have issues. If you have been raise by parents, cousins, kin or a pack of wolves, you have issues.
      • I suppose what I am saying is WE ALL HAVE ISSUES!
    • God can use the circumstances you find yourself in right now. The question is do you really want Him to?
      • We tend to look for new or different opportunities to open up.
      • What about the opportunity you are not faithfully fulfilling now?
    • In the parable of the talents, (things we have been given to use) Jesus told those who used them:
      • (Mt 25:23) His lord said unto him, Well done, 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. (Luke 18:8)

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