“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
Most Major League Baseball players are chiseled athletes. They’ve learned how to take better care of their bodies so they can perform at the highest level well into their late 30s. They’ve developed workout routines, they eat a proper nutritional diet, and they make sure to get rest. A fat baseball player is an exception, not the rule.
Carrying extra weight on your physical body is a hinderance, but carrying extra spiritual weight leads to freedom. That’s why it’s ok to be F.A.T. in Jesus. F.A.T. is an acrostic that stands for being Faithful, Available and Teachable.
When writing to the Corinthians, Paul described how he wanted to be remembered: as a faithful servant of Christ who handles Christ’s message well. A servant doesn’t own anything, but he manages well what has been entrusted to him by his master. A faithful servant is available to do whatever the master asks him to accomplish. He expresses his humility by being teachable.
Steven Souza, of the Tampa Bay Rays, and his teammates displayed their servant hearts throughout this past season. They were F.A.T. in Jesus. They faithfully made themselves available to their teammates and friends. They followed Jesus’ command to make disciples of all the nations. They were teachable, allowing the Holy Spirit to use His Word to transform their lives while they lived in community with one another.
Coaches and Spouses, being F.A.T. in Jesus needs to be the rule, not the exception, for every follower of Jesus.
– Mickey Weston serves as the Executive Director of Unlimited Potential Inc. He played five seasons in the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.
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