Fat. Not “ph” fat, this is the bad kind of fat. When you have consumed too much without enough output. When you’re so full already and keep consuming and sitting and eating and sitting and eating. This can happen physically but today I am talking about spiritually.
This is not an attack on anyone, by any means and more of an alert or a caution. It is not good to fill up on all the good things God is saying to His church and the eternal life and blessings He has for YOU and then not burn that fat off by doing the work with it. Put it into action, get your feet moving on it. This is so unhealthy for us as Christians. It’s actually BAD for us. When we aren’t going home and putting to action our faith, we can get all full on a message and say all the “amens” at church but we can start to become spiritually dull in our faith if we aren’t working it out in real life.
If the word at church wasn’t specific or clear enough for you on what you can do, you can always ask God what it is you can do with what you have just heard. He will love that you asked and He will have an answer!
Here is what can happen all too easily if we don’t process it with God and do something with our faith: Monday rolls around, you have no clarity on your part in this world and your head is more in the office politics and drama than being the light and getting in the fight! If no one has told you today, YOU MATTER… ALOT and are needed as an active part in the body of Christ!
Christians are supposed to be loud, unashamed examples of Christ. (Not obnoxious if you can help it!) Now, you cannot go into your office discipling people or bringing people to Jesus at the water cooler. It’s not “HR friendly” to talk about Jesus at work. We can however, be an example. We can openly talk about our weekend rhythms of church and small groups. So people know you are different when everyone else is talking about being too hungover to wake up. Don’t be afraid to be the difference!
Because I know it’s hard to always know what to do and it’s easier to go with the motions, here are some practical ideas you can try today:
- share one post on social media a week about your faith and what God is saying to you.
- tell your mom, a friend, a cousin, aunt, uncle or niece/nephew about what the message at church was about. (It’s a good practice to rehash it in your own words too!) Don’t keep it to yourself!
- get involved in an outreach at your church. (Feeding the homeless, evangelism, the prayer team..) something that feeds others.
- spark up conversation with the grocery clerk and say “God bless you” to them!
- carry granola bars or water bottles in your car to give them to the homeless and bless them.
These are I think, some not so scary first steps to take no matter what stage of life you are in. We all have a part in this world to be the light. We cannot all be in full time ministry and we shouldn’t be but I know the world is getting really dark and really loud while Christians (who have the light and hope against depression, confusion, identity issues and the list goes on..) are staying really quiet so they don’t get “hurt”.
If you’re not doing anything good in life then you won’t have any opposition. Opposition comes with the territory. People will be offended at something you do or say whether you’re a Christian or not. If it’s because you’re a Christian that they don’t like you then it’s something well worth the opposition! Be encouraged though, the Bible says that when a man’s ways please the Lord, He will make even his enemies to be at peace with them.
“When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.”
Proverbs 16:7 NLT
No more sitting around consuming, let’s be about our Fathers business!
Let’s go! You’ve got this because Gods got you. It’s one small step at a time!