I’ve been thinking about these verses a great deal lately when it comes to what we eat and especially when it comes to the ‘food judgment’ train that I’m still so tempted to jump on every day.
Colossians 2:13-17, ‘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. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbathdays: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Why did Christ come? He came to set us free from the bondage of sin. The law is condemning, right? It condemns wrong doing. That’s not because it’s bad or sinful, but rather because the law is good and it shows me how bad I am and how much I am in need of Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer.
Yet the law, any amount of ‘dotting my ‘i’s’ and crossing my ‘t’s’ can’t save me. That’s shown clearly enough in the case of the Pharisees throughout Jesus’ ministry. He soundly condemned them for having the ‘form of godliness but denying the power thereunto.’ He pinned them down for painting the outside with moralisms and external forms of ‘goodness’ and yet truly missing the mark of the broken, contrite heart God does not despise, and the sinners that Jesus came to save.
So where does food judgment come into all of that? Romans 14:17 says, ‘For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.’
That right there. I’m always so much narrower with my little ‘food laws’ that I imposed on myself for years than the laws that God set out. God’s laws were basic, and yet for years I tried to reduce obeying God to making up fake little food laws, fake forms of comparison.
What have I learned about how wrong my narrow food laws were that I had created?
a. God’s kingdom is so much bigger than that. It’s not food and drink. It’s not about the food judgement. He made it and called it good. He even told Peter that they could eat the meats that were previously forbidden, and He tells to us to do all to the glory of God, whether we eat or drink. There is actually SO much liberty in the Bible on eating, because the kingdom of God is in essence, not about eating.
b. I don’t live to eat, but I can eat to LIVE, to REALLY live and follow Jesus. Eating is a gift from God. It’s a gift to be able to nourish and fuel this body that He has given me, that He’s bought with a price, the price of His Son Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us, that we wouldn’t live under the bondage of fear and the condemnation anymore.
c. Last but not least, we can live in Jesus. We can enjoy the food God has made in moderation, and in everything, from donuts to salads, we can GIVE thanks!
1 Corinthians 15:57, ‘But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’
And that’s what WIAW is about. It’s about seeing what everybody’s eating and enjoying the unique flavor combinations, beautiful colors, and little peeks into the lives of each precious person with a precious soul that shares in the link-up. It’s about the relationships, the connections, and truly thanking God for each bite. 🙂
With that, it’s on with the eats… 🙂 Here’s a ROUGH summary of what fueled the day yesterday here in my little life.
Breakfast was actually kind of ‘second breakfast’, because I ate one of the bars I got from Kaila in her super sweet care package she sent me last week before this. Life has been SUPER crazy lately, so meals come quickly and they often stay in the containers so I can just throw it away afterwards like this Greek yogurt container.
Random Snack of the Day: My sister described this as a ‘grainy cheesecake.’ It was a coffee cake make with coconut flour only, hence the graininess. I was really thankful for the way it turned out. Needless to say, we all enjoyed almost all of it today. Thank the Lord for yummy carbs.
It’s always a tremendous blessing to be able to just get out in God’s creation, bring all my requests and praises to the throne. It’s such an amazing, humbling blessing to just be out there, talking to God as my Heavenly Father and Creator and know that He hears and that He will never leave us. <3
Jeremiah 23:23-24, ‘“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.’
Dinner: Random, ugly ‘looking’, but tasty. We had scrambled eggs, bacon (PORK), and some tortilla chips… I assure you that there are veggies in that salsa.
Lunch was a super quick salad with roast beef, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots. It was quite the jumble of color. 🙂 Aren’t you thankful that God masterfully created this world with so much color? (This picture is recycled from Monday. Hence the ‘no roast beef’ in this picture)
Dessert: We are officially an ice cream family. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, do you?
AND… I have this splinter that is on the very outside of my finger that took up residence there on Monday… I’m a bit anxious about it, but I have to remember that God created my body. He works everything for good. Learning to trust Him more everyday in the little and big things. He is GOOD.
Last of all, if you have been having any worrying, anxious, pensive thoughts about the election, I just wanted to share these passages of truth and POWER from Scripture about the Ruler of the Universe, who is perfect in all His ways, even when we aren’t.
Psalm 113:4-6, ‘The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?’
Deuteronomy 4:39, ‘“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.’
Acts 15:3, ‘The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.’
What have you been eating lately?
Absolute favorite MIDNIGHT snack?
Does anybody else think that this is the CRAZIEST election cycle in a long time (presidential)?
Food Judgment? How do you deal with it? Do you struggle with it?