Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Treasuring Christ in our Eating

You may ask, if this is a blog about losing weight, keeping fit and eating healthy, then why is it called, "Treauring Christ in our Eating"? That's a strange title.

Yes, it may be slightly odd, but we chose this title to show our true intentions.

We are two women, Natasha and Claudia, who have been radically transformed by the grace of God in our lives. We have trusted in Jesus Christ as our Savior and have a desire to worship, love and serve Him in all we do. And this isn't just in 'church' activities. This is something we seek in every aspect of life.

In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, he says, "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." So, his point is, even in the everyday, mundane things of life, such as eating and drinking, and by extension, sleeping and working and resting....we are to do it all for the glory of God. Natasha and I realized that we had to change our thinking with our food choices/diet. God is very serious about sin and we are not. And guess what? Gluttony is a sin! It is not tolerated by God, but it is tolerated by His people. God has convicted us that when we overindulge, we are sinning against Him, against His Holiness. God commands us to be holy, for He is Holy.

Leviticus 11:45 'For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.'"

See, the main 2 problems we have with food are:
1. We love food too much and we eat too much of it.
2. We use food in the wrong way, such as for comfort when we are depressed.

So, when Natasha and I look at 1 Corinthians 10:31, it has a very specific application for us. It is telling us, "The way you eat and drink should be done in such a way that you are glorifying God." And thus far in our lives, Natasha and I have not been eating and drinking to the glory of God. We have been eating and drinking to satisfy the cravings of our body without any restrictions, seeking to derive pleasure, satisfaction and comfort from food. And we have thereby become overweight and unhealthy.

This does not glorify God! And we want to change that. Really badly. Our souls are aching to make a complete, 180 degree turn-around so that we will not be giving in to the cravings of our bodies anymore.

Our desire is, that when we eat, we will eat in such a way that shows that CHRIST is what we treasure more than ANYTHING.

I guess you could call this our purpose statement. Let me repeat it:

We desire to eat and drink and treat our bodies in such a way that shows that Christ is what we treasure more than anything else in this world.

Knowing this and putting this into practice are two different things. This blog, for us, is our journey of putting this into action. I know that we will fail at times, but God will not. We pray that He will give us an undivided heart that we may fear His Name. In turn, we will praise His name forever (Ps. 86:11-12).

What a great testimony to Christ. To Him be the glory and honor forever.