Gluttony: More Than Just Food…

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Do you think we would make better decisions if we stopped and asked ourselves “why?” more often? You may be thinking, “It’s just one day. What’s the big deal?” I hear you, friend, and don’t worry I am not writing this to lay down a new set of laws, or ruin the fun of a food coma.

I am writing about this because it is something that I personally think has become an acceptable sin in the church; a relative truth, if such a thing could exist. It’s probably something that we’re all guilty.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one definition for the word gluttony is “greedy or excessive indulgence”. Gluttony is most often addressed in regards to eating and drinking. A common biblical reference for this issue is 1 Corinthians 6:12-13 where the Spirit through Paul writes,

 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.  Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body”.

Okay, so not all lawful things are profitable, and some lawful things may threaten to master us. Paul uses the imagery of the stomach and food because that is something that every human understands. Thirst and hunger are universal needs. The point that Paul is trying to make is that the body has cravings that can lead to bodily immorality if indulged in, or in other words, gluttony. Gluttony is being mastered by the cravings of the body.

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What can truly satisfy then? That’s where we discover the real purpose of the body; “Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” and Paul continues in verse 19,

 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

So, whether it is food, drink, or any other substance we can indulge ourselves in we have a greater Master. Jesus bought each member of his Bride with his blood. His purchase set us free from the slavery of sin. His blood washed, cleansed, and justified us (1 Cor 6:11). He owns us and He satisfies us. The Holy Spirit has turned these weak bodies into temples existing solely for the worship of God. How can we glorify the Master with our bodies?

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