Does It really matter to God what we put in our mouths? I mean, He has an awful lot going on in the world to be concerned with our eating habits., right?
Not so much. Even though there are lots of things going on in the world that may seem so much more important, fact is that WE – you and I – are His top priority. He actually cares about every little, minute detail of our lives. Including what we eat. But WHY would what we eat matter to God?
1 Corinthians 6:12-13 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
We as saved believers are free from the Law. “I have the right to do anything…but not everything is beneficial.” God wants us to be benefitted by what we eat.
Romans 6:15-16 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?
We belong to God. He made us. He owns us. He loves us enough to die in our place. We owe it to Him to be obedient. Not out of debt but out of love and gratitude. I like this analogy. “If someone gave you a million dollars, just because they love you, what would you do? Would you turn around and spit in their face? No! You would be ecstatic! You would be grateful! You would want to be nice to them! How much MORE valuable is your salvation? Bought at a price?” Obedience should not be out of obligation but love and gratitude.
Ok, so food…
1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. We glorify God with our bodies. God wants us to be healthy. For our own sake and for His glory. Think about it. If we are unhealthy, we don’t feel good. We get diseased, overweight, tired, etc. hard to glorify God with all that going on!
We are stewards. Dictionary.com defines steward as: “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.” EVERYTHING belongs to God, including our bodies. We are their caretakers. This really got to me. I am the CARETAKER of my body. I am taking care of it for God! Think back to the analogy. If someone gave you a million dollars and asked you to take care of it, what would you do? I would be very careful to take good care of it! How much more valuable our bodies? Our lives?
I recently bought the book <a href="http://The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life“>The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren. I haven’t read all of it but some of my thoughts in this post came from reading the first chapter. You can purchase the book by clicking on the title.
I will be sharing more from the book as I continue reading it, I’m sure!
So how good of a steward are you being? What are your thoughts on stewardship? Not just of your body, but in general?
As always, thanks for reading and may The Lord bless you!