A couple of “blogs” ago I confessed that I had a sin that I was battling, and that I would make a full confession in an upcoming blog.
So here it is.
I’m a glutton.
There’s something about that word that just makes me want to squirm. If I say, I am fat, well, we know lots of fat people don’t we? Fat, while not a compliment, doesn't carry the same weight (no pun intended) that the word “glutton” does.
The problem is that most of us think of gluttony as a problem with eating too much, or being overweight, but gluttony like all sins, is not a physical problem. It is a spiritual problem, a heart problem. I am a glutton at heart
I recently heard a message from The Village Church by Paul Matthes, where he confesses his sin of gluttony. He has a great definition of the sin of gluttony. Here it is:
“Commonly seen in eating, gluttony is a lack of a faith in God that expresses itself through excess, and expects total satisfaction from some idol of choice, at the expense of community, responsibility and trusting worship of God”
I am a glutton.
Since this is a forum where I “let my hair down”,I am going to ask you, my brothers and sisters to help me battle this sin. It does show itself in my weight,without a doubt, but I don't need a new fangled diet book, or a new type of workout (you have to have an old type of workout before you can get a new one), no, what I need to do is repent of my sin of gluttony.
Take a look at Ezekiel 16:49 from The Message: "The sin of your sister Sodom was this: She lived with her daughters in the lap of luxury—proud, gluttonous, and lazy."
I don't know about you, but this is not the kind of company that I want to keep.
So on Friday, my day off from the county, I am going to seek out a gym. On Saturday, I am going to the gym. I am going to begin to address this sin of gluttony…..from the outside and from the inside.
I ask you my brothers and sisters, to love me enough to hold me accountable. If I worship with you Sunday, ask me how the workout is going...ask me how I’m doing at saying "no” to food and “things” that are part of this sin called gluttony. If you are reading this blog and we don’t have contact, then email me with suggestions, prayer or encouragement.
We were not meant to walk this road alone. I ask for your love, encouragement and grace, as I battle this sin.
Oh, and if anyone wants a copy of the message that has inspired and uplifted me on this subject, (and I believe that even “skinny” people can be gluttons so you might need it too), then email me, and I will be glad to burn you a cd of the message and get it to you.
Yes, I have been a glutton.
But God is calling me out of my gluttonous sin, to live a life according to his Word, according to His plan, according to His mercy and His grace.
I have been a glutton, but I will live like a child of the King, to be a glutton no more.
Ok, so there’s that.