As a Christian, my deepest desire is to glorify God. As a Christian living in this world, that desire is often buried under my daily life. I am not sure what it is for you, but for me, I often forget to remember to seek to glorify God in every area of my life. It’s not that I don’t want to but… you get it, I’m sure.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
If you have a dieting past like me, chances are that food is an area of struggle for you. Food is such a daily thing- it really showcases our focus on glorifying God or not.
AM I GLORIFYING GOD?
But, what does it mean to glorify God with our eating? Does it mean we should eat kale every day, fast once a week or commit to eating “clean”? Rather than make assumptions, let’s see what the Word of God has to say about it!
Let me preface this by saying that the list below is NOT a to-do list. Do not be overwhelmed as you read it. Simply ask the Holy Spirit to nudge you on the one point He would have you apply this week.
Remember, God made us and He knows our imperfections and limitations. He doesn’t expect you to do every single thing, every single day. The addition of ANY mindfulness into making His name great through our eating is glorifying indeed!
So, let’s get started!
1. EMBRACE HUNGER
For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9 NLT
A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. Proverbs 27:7
Our bodies are designed to be healthy and fit – to thrive – within the context of hunger and fullness. By honoring those cues, you are honoring God’s design for your body. Hunger is no more uncomfortable than being thirsty, but our fear can add a layer or anxiety that makes it unbearable for some. Breathe, pray and try waiting for true body hunger before eating.
2. PRACTICE PORTION CONTROL
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. Proverbs 30:8b NLT
Not more. Not less. Enough. God promises to always meet our needs but His plan does not include excess food. By practicing portion control and eating “just enough” we are eating in accordance with His best. Consider stopping your meals a little sooner and see if less is actually “enough”.
3. BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 1 Timothy 6:7-8 NLT
Have you ever pondered why your naturally thin friend can eat “whatever she wants” and yet you seem to gain weight just looking at a cookbook? Life can feel unfair sometimes. Especially when we lose sight of our blessings. Pray for contentment. Then cook a healthy and delicious meal and take some time to be grateful for the tasty food that you DO have!
4. AVOID UNHELPFUL DIETARY RULES
You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as,“Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires. Colossians 2:20-23
Trendy diets may change your body but they cannot change your heart. We may feel like we have earned a badge of honor by adhering to today’s popular plan, but those external restrictions are often met with a dietary regression as our habits have not actually changed. That’s why diets don’t work in the long term. While improving your food choices, look for ways to improve the state of your heart too.
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5. ENJOY YOUR MEALS WITH OTHERS
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity- all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
Eating with others when looking to make healthy choices can be a real challenge. We may find ourselves being served food outside of our preferences or nutrition plan and that stress can detract from the enjoyment of our company. Or we may feel disconnected from our original intentions as we get caught up in socializing and special occasions and eat types and amounts of food we didn’t plan on. Remember that people are first in God’s eyes. When we align with His purpose we can approach fellowship with a Godly perspective and food become just “food”.
6. DON’T WORRY ABOUT FOOD
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25
There is value in planning and preparation, but being overly concerned about food will only dampen our focus on and energy for more important things. If you find yourself preoccupied with what and when to eat, prayerfully decide ahead of time how you will navigate your meals and snacks. These “boundaries” will give your mind a place to rest and the challenges in sticking to your plan will require a welcome reliance on God.
7. REFRAIN FROM JUDGMENT
Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Romans 14:3 NLT
The dinner table is a judgment free zone. Whether you are looking at a plate across the table or in another shopper’s cart, food choices are individual. The same goes for you. Don’t allow other’s opinions to cause you to doubt what God has called you to do. The full context of this verse encourages us to avoid eating things that will cause another to stumble. Meaning, it never hurts to eat in a way that is supportive of your fellow diner.