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F.A.T. People Wanted

I f you are like me, you would probably be thrilled to see a sign like that posted somewhere! We live in a day when those of us who are a little heavier than we would like to be are made to feel almost second-rate. But according to recent national surveys, about two-thirds of the American population is overweight. Everywhere you turn, someone is dieting, jogging, walking, swimming, etc. to shed a few extra pounds. Another survey I read not long ago had asked people why they drink diet soft drinks. I was not at all surprised to hear that most Americans drink diet drinks so they can have dessert! As a society, we have never been more weight conscious. Some of this is good (health-wise) but may also be a demonstration of vanity (appearance-wise).


A preacher once quipped that what we need in the church are more FAT people. He defined FAT as: Faithful; Available; and Teachable. I think he is right on target. But how does this definition apply to Cy-Fair?


We really do need people who are:

Faithful to God and His word. People who are devoted to God’s law are assets to the kingdom of God. Without them, there can be no real growth in the kingdom. The seed of the kingdom is the word of God (Luke 8:11). Only by faithfully sowing the word will the kingdom expand. Loyalty to the law of God is loyalty to God, and we need more of that in the church today.


Available to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 says we were created for good works. We need people in the church who will look beyond their own needs, their own crowded schedules, their own leisure time, their own hobbies and interests and see how they may be able to help someone else. The church at Cy-Fair needs men and women who will give of their quality time to the Lord and in sufficient quantity to do His work. There are people with spiritual and physical needs who could use brethren who would make themselves available to them.

Teachable people are needed in any local church. The kingdom can use a man who will be a learner, a true disciple. “Know-it-alls” will not help the cause of Christ. Like Samuel, we must be ready to say “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth.” (1 Sam. 3:10). The only way for a person to become a Christian is through teaching (Jn. 6:44,45). How then can one remain a Christian if he develops an aversion to teaching? Jesus has much for us to learn, and if we will sit still long enough and listen to Him, we will be better people.


FAT people are needed in the Cy-Fair church. Are you faithful, available, and teachable?


— Mark White