So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 ESV
This year one of my goals is to focus on getting more healthy. Although a big motivation for this is to fit back into those “skinny jeans” from college, it’s been deeper than that. I have realized that I need to become accountable for my health and the kinds of things that I am putting into my body. Since making this decision it’s struck me how although we might not usually think about the Bible relating to weight loss or being healthy-it really discusses it SO much!
In a previous post, I pointed out that in Proverbs 31 it discusses the Virtuous woman “strengthening her arms” The Bible often references times of eating as teaching and fellowship opportunities.
The past few weeks the verse that has come to my mind the most has been the one at the beginning. Out of ALL the things that God could have chosen to specifically point out as doing to give Him glory-He choose eating and drinking! I know that this is an extremely common Bible verse, but how often do we stop and think about it? I think eating in a manner that is not healthy or not taking good care of our bodies is a sin that Christians often don’t stop and think about as a sin. Especially in America we tend to look upon obesity as more of a “problem” not a sin. Now–I’m not trying to step on any toes and I do realize that there are legitimate problems for some people. But I think that the vast majority is simply not following this simple command–to do ALL to the glory of God–especially including eating and drinking! It’s interesting that Paul discusses eating of meats presented to the temple gods as a stumbling block–and back in Daniel he and his friends refused to drink the kinds wine and eat his meat (for the same reasons). The Israelites had extremely strict dietary rules. Clearly this is a “big deal” to God!
These are all thoughts I’ve been mulling over and have found to be extremely thought provoking. I hope you will take some time to think and meditate on them this week. I’d love to hear if you have any thoughts about this!
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