We often only think of gluttony in terms of food. But, what if gluttony was about more than just food? Alisa Keeton shares the important truth about gluttony.
“Paul says, ‘everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. I will not be mastered by anything.’ (1 Corinthians 6:11) He is literally talking back to the Corinthians who have lived a lifestyle of freedom in Christ where everything was permissible.”
Alisa says it’s important to understand this verse when we try to recognize gluttony in our own lives.
“It’s all about putting our finger on the thing we run to for comfort or for control. Watever is trying to fill that void only God can fill.”
Alisa says that deep down gluttony is a spiritual issue and it can come in a wide variety of forms.
“It’s a worship issue. ‘If I could just fill this ache, a little bit more. If I can hit this pleasure high a little more than it’s worth it.’ We know that food has a response in our brain that sets off dopamine that is equal to taking any kind of drug. Anything can become gluttonous for us and wherever that’s happening we know we have something mastering us.”
“This is all a worship issue. It’s all about having the freedom to worship creator God and not creation that tends to master us. I’m not just talking to the person who is overweight and turns to food for comfort. We’re also talking to people who look at food to control. They either obsess or neglect.”
Alisa says it’s good to be comfortable with giving up something for the name of Christ.
“Here’s the truth, it’s not going to feel good because anytime we give up something we’d rather be doing, we’re going to feel that living sacrifice. If something is mastering me then the only way out is to break up with it, you can’t just slowly back out of it.”
What could God be calling you to let go of in favor of deeper intimacy with Him?
Alisa Keeton is a leading certified fitness professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is passionately dedicated to serving the Lord and she is the founder of Revelation Wellness, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to educating and inspiring people to live healthy and whole lives in Christ.
Key Scripture: Luke 8:50
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