Seeking His Kingdom is our release from anxiety (Matthew 6:33).
Most of us would agree wholeheartedly with this statement. But it always breaks down in our practical day to day focus.
Let’s take our consumption for instance.
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking...” (Romans 14:17)
(Okay – yeah…..I know that….)
Then why did….
- A 2001 Pulpit and Pew study find that 76% of the 2,500 clergy studied were either overweight or obese compared to 61% of our average population?
- a 2006 Purdue study find that fundamental Christians are the heaviest of all religious groups – Baptists – 30% obesity rate, Jews – 1%, Buddhists and Hindus – 0.7%?
- “a 2011 Northwestern University study tracking 2,433 men and women for 18 years find that young adults (20-32) who frequent church or bible study at least once a week are 50% more likely to be obese by middle age?
Could it not be that our focus is indeed more on what we will have to eat or drink next, rather than the Kingdom of God?
Let’s look again at the rest of that verse in Romans…
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
Here’s some questions I’m asking myself today. Maybe you need to ask them too –
- When I go to a church social, am I more comfortable talking about the food or talking about God’s work in my life?
- When I pause to offer grace before a meal, am I really thankful to HIm, or just thinking about when I can start eating?
- When I am anxious or worried, do I purposely refocus upon the spiritual or decide to distract myself further with a snack?
- Realizing my weakness around certain foods or beverages, do I simply make a joke about it and indulge anyway – or do I spend extra time before the Lord before even nearing the temptation?
“Father, every time I think of eating and drinking this week, I ask that You remind me to refocus my thoughts Your way. Is it a deal? When I think of putting something in my mouth, first give me a verse, or a song or a character quality that I can shift my thoughts toward. I’m depending on You here. I really need the help.
I’d also like to ask that you feed me with the the food that is my portion (Proverbs 30:8) and show me just how much that really should be.
Grow my ability to seek You, not my appetite to fill myself.”