Why “What I Eat Concerns You”

“Don’t ask what I’m eating.”

You say that, that, don’t you? I know I do. Especially when it’s not the best food for me (here’s the recipe for that
J). I’ll tell someone, “Don’t judge me.” Usually, I’m just kidding. But here’s what my daughter and I ate the other night:

And this is why what I eat concerns you:

22 What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is?  23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 24 Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:22-24, NLT.

In theory, we have Peter telling us that every food is good to eat (Acts 10:9-16). And then we have Paul telling us here in his letter to Corinth that “You can do whatever.” Or, in this case, you can eat whatever.


But here’s the problem:

Although all food may be good to eat, some food may not be beneficial.

Even though it may look or taste good, or it may even literally be good (okay) to eat, you may not want that in your body. Think about it; do you really want to eat Ramen noodles, Vienna sausages, Pace salsa and Tostitos chips for dinner? No. Why? Because, even though that food may be okay to eat, it isn’t what’s best for you. It doesn’t benefit you. Seriously, why would you choose to eat Vienna sausages?

Here’s where this concerns you:

You do that all the time with how you feed yourself spiritually. You find a podcast from your favorite communicator and “eat” it. Then you pick up a book, probably unrelated from the podcast, and you “eat” it. And then you read different posts you find on the internet and think, “That looks good,” so you “eat” it. But then your quiet time, if you have one, is unrelated from all of that other “spiritual food,” but you “eat” it too.

And by the time you’re done spiritually feeding yourself, you realize you’ve just eaten the spiritual equivalent of Ramen noodles, Vienna sausages, Pace salsa and Tostitos chips.

Or maybe that’s just me.

So what can we do to change what we eat? How will you change your spiritual diet so that it can be strategic and more beneficial? Because let me be honest, I don’t want to eat Ramen, Vienna, Pace and Tostitos…


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