Gluttony. Hey, don’t roll your eyes at me. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t hit us with the real talk before the arguably most gluttonous day of the year.
Gluttony is a sin and it matters to God so it HAS to matter to us.
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.- Proverbs 23:20-21
By definition gluttony is:
excess in eating or drinking, greedy or excessive indulgence.
And here’s the deal: so many of us struggle with this sin but we won’t call it what it is. We can point out pride, we can shame ourselves for sexual misssteps and we own up to judgment. But gluttony? When is that ever coming up on our quiet time or devotionals? How often are we convicted about how we treat our bodies!? Maybe we are but we always find reasons to wiggle away from accountability. But here’s the thing: it matters.
Gluttony is dangerous territory for us that has more than just physical and spiritual consequences. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things food(see the rest of this blog). I spend 85% if my life thinking about food, shopping for food, making food, eating food and cleaning up after food. Food is GOOD. God created food. He provided manna to the Israelites and refreshment for Elijah. The last time Jesus was with all his friends was around a table. Feasting is a huge part of our cultures but we must not feast without self control. To be clear, this is not a conversation on weight. This is about . The real issue with gluttony is that it’s fruit of the wrong spirit. Scripture tells us to exercise self control, to honor our bodies, to use wisdom, but when we feast without limits we are letting food control us.
Food as comfort– comfort food is so frequently used now, I don’t even think we realize how much of a crutch it can be. Ice cream for a break up, chips for a bad day, donuts because it’s a day that ends with y. It’s all fun and games until we are no longer making conscious choices about food. God is our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). He alone is our peace. Now, I’m not saying clear out the freezer because Rocky Road is from Satan. But I am saying, next time you’re sad before you reach for ice cream, reach for Jesus. Let him fill you up first.
Food as time passer– I’m one hundred percent a bored eater. I love to do and eat. I’m the person that looks up and can’t figure out where all the white cheddar popcorn went. This has the potential to get out of control FAST. I can mindlessly consume copious amounts of food. This goes back to that whole self-control thing and being diligent with my thoughts and time. If I’m aware that I’m bored I can go paint, exercise, worship, call a friend, meditate on a scripture, read my favorite blog (I highly recommended this one ☝🏽). What can I do to fill gaps that’s productive or restful rather than eat? How can I be a better steward of my time so God can trust me with more?
Food without limits– I’m from the south so we take a “why not?” approach to portions. Want some more macaroni? Sure why not. Want me to make another cake? Sure why not. It’s not always fun but we have to set limits on what we eat and how much. Me personally, I’m not a fan of calorie counting or special diets. It’s just not how I roll but if that’s your jam, do you boo. But I do try to pay attention to my body. Does this food make me feel good? Maybe- but not if eat three helpings of it. Do I feel clear minded and strong when I eat that? Do I want to nap after? I know that if I slow down and eat, I’ll get full and notice. I know that even though I believe Mac and cheese is truly a ministry, dairy makes me feel AWFUL. I have to use wisdom when choosing food for ME. This isn’t a push for legalism, but it is a push for self-awareness. Boundaries are our friend.
Whew, that was tough. But It all comes back to one thing: honoring our temples. God gave us bodies with heads and muscles and brains that NEED the right amount of the right foods and this requires self control. We need our bodies to be strong and ready to do God’s Work. We need to be clear headed and focused. We need to be able to deny our flesh so we can say yes to God in ALL things; not just with sex before marriage or biting our tongues in an argument. The scripture tells us that a little yeast works through the whole dough. (Galatians 5:9) So if we let ourselves slide in one area we could slip everywhere. It is our privilege to care for the one body we’ve been given. Let us not neglect that which we deem inconvenient or trivial. But let’s ask the Lord to HELP us (especially on holidays) to make God honoring choices with our bodies. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can give the devil a foothold on our health. We can open the door for dietary related diseases that can take over our bodies and keep us from our kingdom assignments. Serious business here y’all! So before you settle for “this is just who I am” or “this is just what I like”, I challenge you to bring those thoughts in surrender to Christ. He gave you this body, let’s let Him determine how we care for it.
Feels super weird to say Happy thanksgiving after such a…direct post lol. But I do LOVE you. I am wishing you the HAPPIEST Thanksgiving EVER! Feast like the queens (and kings) you are (within reason!). Live your best life. Feel free to email, DM or comment what you’re grateful for. Don’t worry, I won’t be surprised if this post doesn’t make your gratitude list 😉