Summary: Promotion on the job hinges on availability – promotion in God’s Kingdom hinges on availability.
GET FAT - Availability
➢ Last week we started a series of teachings on the characteristics that lead us to experience promotion and become the person God has created us to be.
➢ We call it GETTING FAT – reason God loves to use FAT PEOPLE.
• F-FAITHFULNESS/ A=AVAILABILITY/ T=TEACHABILITY
➢ We talked about Ruth – Did you read about here this week?
➢ After last week’s message on Faithfulness I was reminded of one of my favorite stories
PICTURE OF HORTON HATCHES THE EGG
➢ The elephant on the tree is Horton. He is convinced by lazy Mayzie (the bird) into sitting on her egg while she takes a break--which proves to last for months.
➢ Horton is laughed at by his jungle friends, exposed to the elements, captured by hunters, forced to endure a terrible sea voyage, and finally placed in a travelling circus. All through the ordeal Horton repeats his moto:
I meant what I said, and I said what I meant:
An elephant's faithful one hundred percent.
Moral of the story: Faithfulness even in difficult times.
THIS WEEK WE MOVE ON TO LETTER A=Availability.
➢ How many of you remember your first job?
➢ I was 15 when I applied for my first “real” job: McDonalds
➢ My first few jobs where in retail (Mc Donalds, Flowers, Shoe store in Mall, Resturant)
➢ I was so nervous about that first interview I almost passed out.
➢ They gave mefree Coke to drink – probably because I looked pail.
➢ I got better in time, but each interview the question that was always at the end and helped to finalize the decision was "What is your availability?"
➢ I waited tables through college. During that time I was offered management twice.
➢ Both times I had to turn it down because of my availability. I had other priorities, College, Ministry, Fiance'. (All three have paid off better than managing a resturant.)
➢ Point is, I couldn't get the promotion because I wasn't available.
I learned through my early jobs that Promotion often hinged on availability.
➢ Maybe you are in sales and you desire to be in a regional or national position. The question you will have to answer is, "Are you available to travel?"
➢ Whether it is a boss, a friend, or a pastor; all of them are looking to promote people and they are looking for people who are available.
AVAILBILITY = TIME (We all value time)
➢ We all are given the same amount of time but each of us determines how we "SPEND" it. Sounds like money huh?
➢ Time is like currencey.
➢ Time is a bank account that only accepts withdrawls
HOW DO YOU “SPEND” YOUR TIME?
VIDEO (Time spent)
➢ Wouldn’t you agree:
• Time is the most valuable commodity we have
• So we make ourselves available for what matters most – what you value?
➢ I can tell what is important to a person by how they “spend” their time.
• Entertainment – Live for the next movie or TV show