Friday, May 25th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 11: What Food Is Not)
For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Romans 14:17 (KJV)
Life is more than food.
Luke 12:23 (NKJV)
I moved to Atlanta at the age of 37 on August 21, 1991. While we were unloading the truck, the neighbor's boxers came leaping up to greet me. She chased after them, and said, 'I hope you aren't afraid of dogs.' I replied, 'I'm not afraid of anything except dieting, and I'm doing that now.' That was a day of destiny: the first day of my covenant with God for a lifestyle change. Starting weight: 360.
At that point, food was my best friend, my refuge, and my relief after a hard day's work. It was my hug and pat on the back. It was my friendly fill-up station. I believed in God, but I hadn't met Jesus yet.
What food is not:
1) Food is not life: 'This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent' (John 17:3). 'Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life' (John 6:27). We know it's deadly living to eat, but it's just as deadly eating to live, unless you are eating God's food in Spirit and in body.
2) Food is not filling: 'But be filled with the Spirit' (Ephesians 5:18). You'd think we'd learn that filling up with food never satisfies the emptiness within us--that only the pouring out of love brings a full and satisfying life. As one of God's amazing ironies, the more love we pour out from us, the more He pours into us. The result is a perfectly permanent 'full' that yields true contentment.
3) Food is not God: No one would say food is God, but millions of people act like it is. Jesus said, 'No one can serve two masters' (Matthew 6:24). Riches may be the most powerful worldly master, but food is the most common one. When your life revolves around food (mine did), it becomes an idol. Therein, I worshipped an idol. Yet I repented and He forgave me.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.