Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 6.
“‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything . . .”
(1 Corinthians 6:12, ESV).
Trudging up the stairs, weighed down by the laundry basket and my own thoughts, I muttered, “Why do I keep sabotaging myself?” Days of overindulging and regret hovered above me like a dark cloud.
I cannot remember a time when my thoughts have not been dominated by food. I have dieted and I have binged. Food has been there during celebrations of victories, mournings of losses, episodes of boredom, and times of anxiety. I have had a problem with food, but food is not the real problem. All this time, I have been hounded by a constant companion. Gluttony.
I’ll start eating right on Monday. There’s always Monday.
If I just eat the last few cookies, they’ll be gone, so I won’t eat any tomorrow.
If I could just lose the last three pounds, the last five pounds, the last seven . . .
Gluttony isn’t just about food. It’s working late into the night, alternating with times of procrastination. It’s shopping sprees followed by self-denial. It’s hours of Netflix binge-watching, then no television.
At its core, gluttony is a vicious cycle of self-gratification and guilt trips. Fellowship with gluttony is like joining forces with a thief. And there is no honor among thieves.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
We have gotten the idea of abundance all wrong. Abundance isn’t about blessing ourselves with more, more, more. Abundance, as provided by Jesus, is freedom.
Because of Jesus, we have the freedom to enjoy all God’s gifts in moderation, without falling into traps. Another kind of freedom comes from learning what is not helpful for us, so we feel relieved, rather than deprived, when fleeing temptation.
God’s loving plan for us is that we would live free, not dominated by anything.
Dear Lord, help us to walk in the freedom purchased for us by Christ.
Give us the liberty to enjoy Your gifts, in moderation. And when we struggle to live a balanced life, help us to choose You over anything else that threatens to occupy our hearts. Spirit, gives us an increasing thirst for freedom in You, a thirst that crushes every temptation to overindulge.