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Eat, Drink and Find Joy

Proverbs 23 warns us against gluttony and drunkenness. And 1 Corinthians 10:31 shows us what our attitudes should be toward food and drink: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 is clear. The problem is we don’t always like what Scripture says, so we somehow feel entitled to reinterpret it. God does not leave us that option. He is God and we are not, and He has designed everything for our benefit.

What we eat and drink matters to God. The way we treat our bodies matters to God. It is a reflection of the gratitude we have for what He has given us, and our obedience in this area extends beyond any given meal. When we maintain our bodies in a manner consistent with God’s commands in Scripture, we are better able to fulfill our calling to serve Him in other areas of our lives. An unhealthy lifestyle takes away years that we could continue living on this earth and fulfilling the purpose God has for us. A healthy body carries part of God’s message to those around us before a word is ever spoken.

It is easy to compare ourselves to others favorably when considering issues like overeating or drinking too much alcohol. Our natural tendency is to avoid addressing parts of our life that will be difficult to change. Consider what you might change about your daily life that would bring more honor to Jesus.

Reflect:

  • Does my attitude toward food or drink need to change? If so, what is one thing I can do today for my life to better reflect God’s commands?
  • How do I honor God with what I eat and drink?

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