Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Be a fat Christian in 2010

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

3rd January 2010

Perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution is that of going on a diet to lose weight. But I want to suggest that what we need in 2010 is FAT Christians. Notice what it says in Proverbs 28:25 ‘…he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat’ (KJV) and in Psalm 92:13-14 ‘Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;’ (KJV)

So when I say we need fat Christians in this coming year I’m not talking about being fat physically; I am talking about our growth in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Let’s see if we can get some pointers from an acrostic with the word FAT…

“F” is for Faithful

Are you faithful to Jesus? Is He at the centre of your life?

1 Corinthians 4:2 says, ‘Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful’. Added to which Proverbs 28:20 says, ‘A faithful man will be richly blessed…’

Jesus wants us to be faithful to Him in all things. He requires that from all of us whom He has trusted with the responsibility spreading the gospel of salvation. To faithfully discharge that trust brings great blessing:

"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.' "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!” (Matthew 25:19-21)

We should all love Jesus enough to be faithful to Him. Just think, what if He was as faithful to you as you are faithful to Him?

“A” is for Available

Jesus wants us to be available to Him at all times.

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39)

A disciple counts the cost of following and being available to Christ. Now Jesus is not advocating that one hate his father or mother, or not love his father or mother. Rather He is saying that He must be loved supremely, above all others! We cannot allow our love for our parents or our children to be stronger than our love for Jesus. If we are not willing to leave father and mother, home, relatives, houses and lands to be available for Him, then we are not worthy of Him.

When there’s a choice between our will and God’s will, how far are you willing to go? Romans 12:1 says, ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship’.

Are you offering yourself, making yourself available, for Jesus to use at all times?

“T” is for Teachable

A disciple submits to Christ’s training process! He uses challenging circumstances and truth from His Word to make us and mould us more like Himself.

Luke 6:40 says, ‘A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher’.

A student is not greater than his teacher. But the student, who is teachable and becomes fully trained, will become like the teacher. Do you want to become more like Jesus? How do you do it? By being teachable and submitting to the Lord’s training process. The true disciple is open regarding his lack of knowledge, skills, and character. He is willing to let go of his own way of dealing with things, his own ideas, in order to develop. Do we have anything to learn from Christ? Let’s determine to remain teachable.

So God wants us to be FAT Christians. Faithful ... Available ... and Teachable!

Just how faithful are you to Christ?
How available are you to Him? And
Are you letting Him teach you to be more like Him?

Have a good 2010 being a FAT Christian.

Pastor Barry

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