Stewarding the Body // Gluttony

As believers, we are called to be good stewards of all things, which include our bodies! So as we eat the way that God has designed–raw, natural foods like in the Garden of Eden–and we work to get our bodies into good, healthy shape, we do it for the glory of the Lord and not our own. We weren’t made to consume a bunch of processed, fake, addictive sugars, be lazy, and revel in our gluttony, but to enjoy good foods and work hard. Furthermore, physical appetites are an analogy of our ability to control ourselves. If we’re unable to control our eating habits, we’re probably also unable to control other habits, such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, anger, etc.) and unable to keep our mouths from gossip or strife. We’re not to let our appetites control us, but we’re to have control over our appetites. God has blessed us by filling the earth with foods that are delicious, nutritious, and pleasurable. We should honor God’s creation by enjoying these foods and by eating them in appropriate quantities.
     As you continue to eat healthy and workout, continually pray for your heart that your motives will not be for the praise and approval of man. As your body changes, don’t become your own idol. It’s a dangerous thing to be impressed with yourself and be seen as impressive to man. It’s easy to fall into and very common for both guys and girls. Know why you’re doing it and if you don’t know why, pray through that, too. Be praying for yourself, your stewardship, discipline, and relationship with and enjoyment of the Lord.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23

The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28

Christians should demonstrate self-control in all things, including their appetite (1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 3:2; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 1:6; Titus 2:2, 5, 6, 12)

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food…Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” Genesis 1:29, 9:3

If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory. Proverbs 25:16, 27

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. Proverbs 28:7

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” Deuteronomy 21:18-21

Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (we need proper balance between neglecting our bodies and giving them too much attention)

Many…walk as enemies of the cross of Christ…Their god is their belly…with minds set on earthly things. Philippians 3:18-19

“Cretans are…lazy gluttons.”…Rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. Titus 1:12-13

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2

List of basic foods deemed good or “living foods” in the Bible. Not an exhaustive list.
– Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8)
– Bread (Deuteronomy 8:9; Matthew 26:26; Luke 22:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:26-28)
– Butter (Isaiah 7:22)
– Corn (Ruth 2:14; 1 Samuel 17:17)
– Cheese (Isaiah 7:22; 1 Samuel 17:18)
– Dates (Genesis 3:2)
– Eggs (Luke 11:12)
– Grapes (Numbers 13:23)
– Figs (Deuteronomy 8:8; Numbers 13:23; 1 Samuel 25:18)
– Fruits (all) (Genesis 1:29)
– Herbs (all) (Genesis 1:29)
– Honey (Deuteronomy 8:8)
– Meats (Beef, Fish, Lamb, Poultry, Venison) (Deuteronomy 14; Leviticus 11)
– Milk (Isaiah 7:21-22)
– Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
– Olives and Olive Oil (Leviticus 2:4; Deuteronomy 8:8)
– Pomegranates (Numbers 13:23)
– Raisins (1 Samuel 25:18)
– Salt (Leviticus 2:13)
– Vegetables (all) (Genesis 1:29)
– Water (Deuteronomy 8:8)
– Wheat (bread, cereal, pasta) (Deuteronomy 8:8; Psalm 81:16)

Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate,” an example of God working through natural revelation toward what He’s designed for us:

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