For some of you you may have just read that title and rolled your eyes, but dont worry this isnt going to be a post about the wonders of kale or the life-changing experience of eating Avocado (to be honest I dont like either of these things) Listen lets be real, I love chocolate as much as the next girl and thats ok, never restrict yourself, instead treat yourself. But I do believe eating well is so important.
As Christians we recognise that these bodies are gifts from God and therefore we should take care of them in order to honour Him. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 Paul writes “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”, he does not exclude eating and drinking from this verse, but instead says that it too can be used as a form of worship. Treating your body well by sufficiently nourishing it is a great way to express your gratitude to God for the body he has given you.
Furthermore, God has created things for us to have dominance over, not for them to have dominance over us. Therefore, although it’s hard we shouldn’t succumb to every food craving we have or eat whatever is in sight knowing it’s not good for us. Something that really challenged me recently when exploring this topic was that “self-control” is a fruit of the spirit, we are called to be disciplined, and what a way to exercise this but by choosing to eat well.
Although I am a big advocate in eating right I think it’s important to say that this is NOT the be all and end all and that I am far from perfect. Yes I may instagram my pretty acai bowl or a great salad or smoothie, but I also treat myself to the odd McDonalds-it’s all about balance. Our ultimate goal is to become more Christ-like not to always eat healthy. 1 Timothy 4:8 says “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” Paul acknowledges that being healthy is important but that our ultimate goal is a strong faith not a strong body.