3 Things We Must Be Before God

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“You do not have to be special, but you have to be available.”

– Winkie Pratney

Faithful

God is not looking for perfect people, which is good because He couldn’t find them–only Jesus Christ is perfect and perfectly faithful. God is simply looking for people who will be faithful to His Word, the Bible, and to the teachings therein. Jesus said, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10). If we are not faithful in the little things, how could God ever trust us to rule or reign with (but under) Christ in the kingdom?

Available

One of the greatest things about some of the members in our church is that they make themselves available and are faithful in that. When they say they’ll show up somewhere, they do. To be faithful is only good if someone’s available. If you are faithful and make yourself available for Christ’s purposes, then He will someday say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).

Teachable

If a person ever reaches a point where they can’t or won’t learn anything more, then God cannot use them, for God resists everyone who’s proud but gives His grace only to the humble (James 4:6). If we remain teachable, then God has an open portal to send us His truth through the Bible and through the teachings of others. Few people would want to be around someone who acts like he or she knows it all.  God says, “This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Is that you? Is that me?

Conclusion

I love the acronym F.A.T. because God needs more F.A.T. people. I’m not talking about someone’s weight but people who are “Faithful,” “Available,” and “Teachable.” A person’s weight doesn’t matter to God because He can use people who are faithful to Him and His Word, God can use people who make themselves available to Him, and God can use people who remain humble and teachable. So Mr. Pratney is spot on by saying, “You do not have to be special, but you have to be available.” Amen?

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Jack is a pastor & ordained elder of the Brethren Church & prison minister in the State of Kansas. You can find more writing from Jack at WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com and FaithInTheNews.com.

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