Eating as an Act of Worship? It’s not as much of a stretch as you’d think.

Eating as an Act of Worship - Prov 3:6 - Deuteronomy 6:5

Eating as an Act of Worship?

Okay… Hold on, and don’t tune me out without hearing me first. Eating as an act of worship may seem a little absurd on the surface, maybe even like some strange religious ritual. I promise you though, I’m not going to light any incense or do any freaky chants. In fact, ‘Eating as an Act of Worship’ will probably seem like a completely reasonable idea by the time you finish this post.

It all started with a song at church the other day. Well, if I’m completely honest, it started with about an entire years worth of junk food, but for the sake of getting to the point, we’ll skip all of those deliciously decadent details and get right to the heart of the matter.

I believe that each of us has a purpose on this earth.  There’s a purpose for you being here.  You were created for a reason, but it’s important to understand that you were also created with a free will.

That free will gives us the ability to live out that purpose or not to.  Each day, we chose with our attitudes, actions, or inaction to participate in God’s plan or our own.

When we choose God’s plans, we have the promise of good things filling our lives.  Deuteronomy 28 does a great job of describing the benefits of doing life God’s way.  It also does a pretty stellar job of describing some of the problems we’ll likely face when we try to do it our own way.

Proverbs 3:6 tells us that we should acknowledge God in all of our ways, and He will direct our paths. Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us that we are to love God with everything we’ve got.

These verses are tantalizing to those of us who have made the decision to pursue the purpose of God in our lives.  I’ve made that decision, and although I’m ridiculously far from perfect, I long for Him to have his way in my life.

Back to the song…

It was a worship chorus at Oasis Church in Nashville, TN.  The words that repeated were a simple prayer, “Have Your way.  Lord, have Your way.”  Like I said, simple, but it was one of those powerful moments of God’s nearness when those simple words echoed all that was in my heart.

My full desire was for God to have his way in my life.  Suddenly, it was like God got really close and asked if that included the way I was treating my body, which just happens to also be His temple – 1 Cor 6:19-20.

It was one of those quiet earthquake moments.  That passage states that our bodies are not our own.  When I’m noshing the final slice of pizza before downing the ice cream, I already know that I’m not doing my arteries any favors, not to mention the waist-line.

It was like God was asking me if I really did want Him to have His way in my life… in every area.  As if that wasn’t enough, our Pastor then proceeded to preach a brilliant message about the upcoming presidential election and having our own plans without relying on the government for all our needs.

Guess what one of those points was?  Do you have a healthcare plan for yourself?  How does taking care of your body make its way into a sermon about the election!!!  BAM!

Eating as an Act of Worship

Loving and acknowledging God in all of our ways should also include caring for His temple, our bodies.  It’s really that simple.  That day, I fixed a healthier alternative to my ordinary meal choice.

As I prayed before the meal, it occurred to me that this choice to care for His temple was truly an act of worship. So yes, I think that eating can be an act of worship.  Take care of your bodies.  They are His house too.

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t take a quick moment to plug my good friends at The Grace and Strength Lifestyle.  In full disclosure, I do web design for them, but they are a remarkable group of people who really take a Biblical approach to weight loss and nutrition.  Check them out.

 

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Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

  • Cyndi

    Wow Jeremy such fredom in this post…Thank You!
    Love how you pointed out it can be an Act of Worship by what we choose to eat everyday!

  • http://www.jeremybinns.com/ Jeremy Binns

    Thanks @4e303ab1bed70cc3ce01f5a485bae16e:disqus – did you also enjoy the little plug for that weight loss group at the end. ;)

  • Dawn Michelle Garrison

    what was the name of the sermon Id love to go back and watch it if its still available?

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

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