I’ve been reading a book, a little book by Elyse Fitzpatrick called, ‘Idols of the Heart.‘ It’s been convicting and extremely good for the recovery journey. It’s really pointed me back to Jesus, and why every step of this journey is worth it because of the redeeming power of His precious blood and sacrifice. It’s made me ask many questions and reminded me of Who I worship and why I can’t and don’t worship my body anymore. It has caused me to ask a big question.
Why did I think that this body was ever worth worshipping? Was my body worthy of worship?
I love the way God created me. My heart can SING Psalm 139:14 and know that it is true, ‘I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.’
I’m learning to really embrace this body, all the curves, all the ways in which God equipped me to MOVE, to laugh, to metabolize food, to have a REGULAR, healthy cycle, ALL for His glory. Why did I ever think that I should worship this body instead of the One who masterfully created and designed it so amazingly?
I think the devil wants us to get our minds off of the IMMENSITY of what Christ did on the cross and tempt us back into idolatry, the idolatry of ‘lesser gods of our own imagination.’
The devil likes it when we see a painting and we start to worship the painting instead of the God of the Universe who painted that sunset, who designed your body.
Psalm 97:7 says, ‘Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship God, all you gods.’
My body didn’t deserve my worship, and it was a small god. It was a god that had eyes and saw not, ears and didn’t hear. It couldn’t DO anything, and it only made me miserable.
God knows that me, as His child, is always prone, in my weakness to wander to idols. That’s why He gave so many precious reminders to stay away from them, because they are not worth any of my worship. 1 John 5:21 says, ‘Little children, guard yourselves from idols.’ Hosea 13:4 says, ‘Yet I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; and you were not to know any god except Me, for there is no savior beside me.’
That is it.
Why would I worship any god that could not save me? Nobody could utter such liberating words as the LIVING God in Luke 7:47 to the woman who washed His feet with her tears.
Luke 7:47 says, ‘Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.’
This was the Son of God. He came to the world to save sinners. In Mark 2:17, Jesus Himself said why He came into the world. Mark 2:17, ‘When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’
My body couldn’t save me. All the workouts in the world couldn’t save me. No philosopher could save me from the ultimate darkness and misery and separation from God.
What is the preciousness of this truth?
Jesus brings LIFE. He brings FREEDOM. Matthew 11:28-30, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The yoke of an eating disorder is HEAVY. The yoke of having to live to please other people and never being good enough is too heavy to bear, but the yoke of being COVERED by Jesus’ blood and righteousness is LIGHT. Jesus Christ says to all that follow Him in Luke 9:23, ‘And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.’
This is the living God. Why would I not want to follow Him when He created heaven and earth and saved me from eternal wrath and damnation?
Jesus Christ was God, come in the flesh. He took the condemnation of God’s wrath against our sin on the cross and FILLED the cup of God’s wrath against us. He wiped out the handwritings of the ordinances against us, the letter of the law. Colossians 2:13-15, ‘And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
If Jesus Christ DID that, made me, saved me, and put me into NEW life in the Spirit in Christ, how could I possibly be focused on this body? How could I not take my eyes and behold the glories of Christ instead?
Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil, including idolatry of lesser gods. 1 John 3:8, ‘He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Through Jesus Christ I am free from that idol. I’m no longer that ‘number’ or that ‘body.’ I am the child of God in Christ, and there is therefore now no condemnation in Him. I can PURSUE Jesus with my whole heart. I can throw away any of the cheap idols, because they aren’t even worth gazing at or desiring, because He is the bread of life.
This is what Jesus said to those who were seeking Him for the physical bread that He could give them. He showed them. He shows us that He can give FAR MORE than physical bread. He gives EVERY good gift, including food, but He gives SO much more, and He is the Lamb that is worthy of ALL my worship, not my body.
John 6:32-35, ‘Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.’
I also am SUPER excited to announce a small giveaway for my faithful readers.
That’s right! I really want to say that I thank God for every one of my readers. I want you to know that you are all a tremendous blessing to me. I wish I had 100 jars of this that I could give away, but I must budget, so for right now, we will keep it to two jars of Wild Friends. I purchased 6 of these jars, and I’m also running a ‘Recovery’ themed Instagram giveaway right now if you want to enter. 🙂
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GIVEAWAY closes on April 11, 2016. The winner will be announced on April 12, 2016.
How do you ignore the culture’s pressure to put all the priority on worshipping the ‘perfect’ body?
What has been the most freeing realization in the way you treat your body?