Fat Christians

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I believe there are far too many fat Christians sitting in wooden pews and cushioned chairs in churches across America on any given Sunday. They have been gorging themselves for weeks, months, and even years. They have been feeding and feeding on the Word of Truth, but never providing an outlet. These people have become like the Dead Sea – stagnant, with many inlets and no outlets. We were called to be rivers: “Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Instead, our bellies have become retaining ponds, which have swelled, but have little life in them. It is time we open the flood gates of our mouths, our hands, and our hearts, so that we can reach the world with the truths of God’s Word that bring life and peace.

Do you know any unhappy Christians? This should be an oxymoron, but it’s not. Many times an unhappy Christian is a stagnant Christian. They think that they are somehow doing God a great service by being faithful in their church attendance. The Bible tells us to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). This self-deception is often caused by a skewed, twisted, or lowly perception of themselves. They are either wholly ignorant or simply not confident in their new nature – their new identity. You could say one of the major problems with today’s modern church is this: an identity crisis. The Bible says that the sharing of our faith will become effective with the acknowledgement of every good thing that is in us in Christ Jesus. Let’s follow Paul’s example and determine not to know any man (ourselves included) by the flesh, but by the Spirit. In order to get an accurate self-image, you must see yourself the way God sees you: In Christ. You would do good to study all of the scriptures that contain “in Christ,” or, “in Him.” Knowing that you are completely righteous by faith in Jesus will cause boldness and confidence – which has great reward.

Our faith is active it is an action. Faith without works confirming that faith is useless! Works of faith, or any good works for that matter are not done to get or obtain favor or blessings, or anything. Rather they are a result of our new born-again spirits. They are a fruit/effect of righteousness and not a cause/root of righteousness. True saving faith will have some corresponding action. We’ve each been given gifts. Let us use them! Is there not a cause?

We are the salt of the earth, but un-salty salt is useless. The church (the body of Christ) is the preserving influence of this dying world. If we stop reaching out/being salty, what is left to preserve this earth? If we fail to fulfill our calling, not only does it affect the rest of the body, our preserving influence on this world is lost. We must not let insecurity keep us from walking boldly in the face of opposition, or speaking confidently when given the opportunity. Are we not vessels of the Holy Spirit? Remember true humility doesn’t think too highly or to lowly of oneself. True humility is believing you are who God says you are. It’s believing you have what God says you have. Now, go out motivated by love and empowered by the Holy Spirit as a fully yielded vessel bringing the Glory of God and the sweet aroma of Jesus everywhere you go. He will never leave you, forsake you, or fail to back up His Word! Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.

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  1. Joe says:

    Excellent! I once presented a message titled “Too Much Eating Will Get You Stinking”. The message was based upon the Manna God sent to the Israelites and the reference to not take more than needed and to use what they gathered.

    Too many seem to celebrate their 50 years in the same pew inside the same little building on the same street as a badge of honor. Instead it is more of a reproach. Anything that’s healthy will grow.

    Bravo for a good word my friend!

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