Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 18: Eyes Of Faith)
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NKJV)
Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.'
Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)
To my own eyes, I didn't look too good when I weighed 360 pounds. If I consider scarring, sagging, lumps, and wrinkles, I don't look too good now--although I am 220 pounds lighter.
Even the most attractive among us can reduce a mirror to a pinhole. We focus on a bump and miss the beauty. We look for ugly--both in ourselves and in others.
'But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness' (Matthew 6:23).
If we've been eating wrong, our bodies may show it. Our most common reactions? Scorn and shun. We scorn our bodies by speaking hateful words about them. We shun our bodies by not looking at them at all--avoiding the problem, the mirror, and the healing Jesus offers.
If we seek fitness, we must stop scorning, stop shunning, and stop seeing through a beam in our eyes. We must call the Beam Lifter, Jesus, and start seeing through His Eyes: the eyes of faith.
Only then can our bodies begin aligning with His vision of us.
So how does God see us?
'Your Hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity' (Job 10:8). 'For we are His workmanship' (Ephesians 2:10). We are 'Fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14).
'Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?' (1 Corinthians 3:16).
So stop cursing and start blessing. Thank God for His vision of you, and ask Him to help you see it. Picture yourself as an athlete: ready, willing, and able for action. Because entertainment is a field of action, and being in top form will help you succeed.
'If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light' (Matthew 6:22). Your eyes of faith can move mountains, transform bodies, open the Hills of Hollywood to embrace you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.