Got this message from a Yahoo Christian Group that I am a member of indeed a very good eye opener and this is indeed a very good refecltion to consider.. let me share...
Fat Albert Christians By Brandon Bracey
Key Verse: James 2:26," As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."
I enjoy getting fed a good word in church. There is nothing like a sermon that speaks directly to you and your situation when you need it! I enjoy wonderful sermons and receiving life-transforming words. Recently, we had campmeeting services at my church. For a whole week of every year, we listen to wonderful sermons from guest speakers in the morning and evening. You talk about getting fed... I felt like I had just eaten a whole buffet! But then it hit me... this was a great meal but if I do not exercise or apply what I have learned, I'll get really big and comfortable!!!
I love Fat Albert. He was cool and he was big. I recently heard a preacher use the phrase," Fat Albert Christians" in one of his sermons. He was referring to people who come to church and get a good word and never operate in service in the church. They get a good knowledge of the word, but never grow because they do not exercise the knowledge. They get fed, but then become comfortable in the pews.
This is interesting because we can easily be deceived into thinking that all we need to do is get a word from a popular preacher and go to a wonderful service and that's it. Then we come home for the rest of the week, eat popcorn, watch Dr. Phil, and say the Lord is good. But God needs us in service now! Yes you need the word, but God expects us to be working to fulfill the Great Commission and to spread love for the building of the Kingdom of God on earth. It may come in the form of preaching, but not always. You could be called to be an usher, work as a greeter, or with the television equipment, or evangelism. Even if you have yet to know what you are truly called to do, you can still lend a helping hand until it is revealed to you by God.
Also service is important for our growth as believers. It allows us to exercise the gifts God has given us, as well as, learn and grow from one another.
In order to not fall into the trap of being a Fat Albert Christian, we must make sure our love life is right. If you are motivated by love, you will gladly go out of your way to serve God. It was love that motivated Jesus to die for the sins of the world. It was love- not nails- that kept him on the cross. Therefore, we should be motivated by gratitude to go out of our way for him. Once we are grounded in love, we can then walk by faith. If you have faith in God, then it should be accompanied by service for the Kingdom of God. Commitment is great and needs to be a part of every Christian's life, but it must be rooted in a heart of passionate love for God for it to last.
Is God still your first love or has a walk for God become a habit that makes you comfortable and feel good? Make God your first love and escape the trap of "The Fat Albert Christian". Your love for God will pay dividends in your spiritual journey and service for the Lord!
Scripture Reference: James 2:14-26
You are my first love and I am committed to faithfully serving you. I am your child and I will be the light that this world needs to see. I will serve faithfully so that you can be glorified through my works. I will be grounded in love. Holy Spirit lead me in my love walk. I love you Daddy in Jesus name Amen.
Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the most important and wonderful decision you will ever make in your life. If you would like to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life please pray with me," Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your only begotten Son to die on the cross for my sins. Lord Jesus I thank you for your shed blood and I ask you to forgive me of all sin. I ask you to come into my heart. I make you the Lord and Savior of my life. Amen." If you have just prayed this prayer congratulations! You are saved and are now in the family of God! Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
so I can assist you in your new beginning!
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Brandon Bracey Ministries:
Ministry Motto: "Winning The World For Jesus Christ!"
Scriptural Reference: Matthew 28:19,20
Purpose Statement: "To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family through worship, equip them for ministry, and develop them through discipleship, all while doing service for the glorification of God!"
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Matthew 28:19,20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."