Most people want to be healthy, have lots of energy, focus, exercise, travel, feel good, live life to the fullest, be at their ideal weight, etc. I know I do.
However, many people are not living this way. It seems like it is obtainable for other people, but not them. Or maybe they once lived like that but not anymore.
Where are you?
Are you living life to the fullest?
Are you living while you are living?
Does that lifestyle seem like a dream?
Romans 6:13 says - Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
When you think of using your body as an instrument of evil to serve sin, we tend to think of sexual sin or very violent types of sins.
But what if God is also talking about our health, the food we eat, the way we take care of our body. Yikes!!!!
Sin just means to miss the mark. So Paul is telling us not to miss the mark of all God has for us by misusing our bodies. Jesus came to give us NEW LIFE!!
We can live the life we have dreamed of. God is the one who has given us the vision of what a healthy life looks like. That is why we all want a healthy body.
We can have energy, focus, exercise, travel, feel good, play, laugh, and live life to the fullest. This can be your reality.
Paul tells us to use our whole body to do what is right for the glory of God. So if it’s our whole body, doesn’t that include our stomach, gut, and organs (the hidden things)?
If our bodies are diseased, sluggish, unable to focus, can’t move, can’t live life to the fullest, does that bring glory to God? Do followers of Christ look any different than the world?
This is not a blog about condemnation, so don’t take it like that. These are questions that came to my mind as I was reading this verse.
If you don’t like your answers after answering those questions about yourself, the good news is that these are things you can change.
Gluttony is described as habitual greed or excess in eating. Unfortunately, that sounds like so many people’s eating habits. We let our stomachs make the call instead of making healthy choices from wisdom.
However, an unhealthy gut full of harmful bacteria, parasites, candida, and disease craves different things. Your cravings are from the unhealthy universe living in your gut biome. Destructive organisms crave unhealthy foods. They crave and live off of sugar, sodium, and other bacteria and create inflammation.
So when you eat foods that are dead, it brings death to your body. However, when you eat foods that are full of life, they bring life to your body.
Did you know that once your gut biome is healthy, your cravings will stop? Cravings are not normal.
This is why I do the Shred10 at the beginning of each month. It helps me reset and get my gut healthy. It is a reminder that my body is not in control and that I can choose what I am going to eat, what I am not going to eat, and how much I eat.
I can eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. When your stomach is in control, it will have you eating when you are not even hungry and eat way past the feeling of fullness.
To get rid of the bad bacteria, candida, parasites and get a healthy gut biome, eat foods that are alive. Raw fruits and veggies are the best, but you are starting somewhere, even if they are cooked.
Cut your food in half and only eat half at one sitting. Then save the other half for when you feel hungry again. You will be surprised at how much food your body does not need.
Who do you look like?
The world that lives for self or does your body, organs, and all, bring glory to God. Our bodies are amazing. Does your body show how amazing our God is? If not, what can you do to start making changes?
I found a declaration by Jan Christiansen that we might want to speak to ourselves:
Let my hands no longer grab for snacks I do not need,
But let them fold in humble prayer for strength to swallow greed.
My mouth shall not be filled with food morning, noon and night,
But filled with praises for my Lord in whom is my delight.
My ears no longer listen to the food, which calls my name,
For they are ever listening for my God, who does the same.
My feet no more shall wander to the pantry or the fridge,
For they are firmly planted in obedience to Him.
My heart has changed its lover; it no longer beats for food,
But swells with love for Christ, my Lord, so loving and so good.
My life shall be an instrument, played out for all to see,
That God can change the glutton’s heart into a symphony.