I sat watching the darkness recede as golden rays peeked through my living room blinds. Unfortunately, golden light mingled with tears made it hard for me to see the scriptures on my screen.
My sleeve was tear-soaked as I tried to get my emotions under control.
“God, I hate food addiction!”. I whispered. “It’s a dirty thief, and the world seems to push it in all of its junk food glory.
As a former food addict, I know the pain of feeling trapped in the grip of excess flesh and cravings.
It’s taken me decades to fight my way out of this self-inflicted prison.
Many of us blame God for these bodies we came prepackaged in. What’s harder to grapple with is how we manage these loaner temples.
It makes you wonder,
Does God care if we eat poor diets and rarely exercise?
If you walked into a typical place of worship and looked around at the condition of God’s people, you might believe that it’s no big deal. Unfortunately, even the leaders bear the marks of overindulgence.
The mere mention of proper diet and exercise has become so highly charged; we risk being branded as “Body-Shamers.”
And this keeps us stuck.
We lack the conviction to confront our poor eating habits and gross mismanagement of God’s temples.
We’ve become so culturally anesthetized that we no longer call gluttony a sin, nor do we seek the Lord’s forgiveness.
Here’s the truth:
Your health matters. It matters to God, and it matters to the body of Christ.
Romans 12: 1–2 says,
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
God cares what we do in the flesh. He cares so much that he invites us to present ourselves before him. His standard for us is holiness -his way. The world will tell…