“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
It’s the day after Valentine’s Day, and I’m sure many of us are bloated from all the chocolate we ate and all the various foods we consumed. This week I started a cleanse to get rid of all the toxins in my body. Hours into this cleanse I began to realize how much I rely on food in my life, frequently fantasizing about French fries and pizza instead of the fruits and veggies that were on my plate. So when does food become an idol in our lives? How do we glorify God with our eating habits and bodies?
Obviously our desire for food is not innately bad…we need it to survive. The bigger question is this: what happens to our hearts when food, a necessity given by God, becomes sinful? We need to be aware of our motives when choosing what we eat. When we start using food as an escape from our problems and a medication for our sadness, that should startle us.
Sisters, I encourage you to take a look at your life: are you glorifying God with the foods you consume? As it says in 1 Corinthians, our bodies are temples. They belong to God, and fueling them with the right mindset will help put gluttony to death. Christ is the only One who can truly cure the void in our lives. God sent His Son to become our satisfying soul food, and contentment in Him will forever be the regulator of all our appetites and desires.
God, thank you for the gift of food. Help me to put my gluttony to death and stop relying on food to satisfy my needs. I know that only You can do that. Teach me to glorify you with my body, eating habits, and every day activities.
In what ways do you idolize food? How can you be more cognitive in your eating habits in order to please God?