“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Let’s review the past 24 hours. What have I eaten since this time yesterday? Well, for dinner last night I ate a noodle and edamame dish my wife prepared, which was delicious. Late last night (later than I should have) I snacked on some string cheese and Ritz crackers. This morning I got up and had a bowl (ok...2.5 bowls) of cereal (Special K and Great Grains...the best!), and for lunch today I had a grilled veggie sandwich (healthy!) with some fried pickles on the side (not-so-much).

So why was this my diet over the past day? Like most of our actions there are a multitude of contributing factors. Some of what I ate was determined by what someone else prepared and served me. Some of it was determined by long-standing habit. Some of it was influenced by where someone else chose to take me for lunch. Some of it was influenced by my desire to eat more vegetables after having a ton of red meat on vacation. Some of it was influenced by my own mental craving. And the list could go on and on.

There are countless factors that go into every decision we make regarding our eating. And we have to make those decisions multiple times every single day. Eating is a huge part of our lives, and yet we often feel a great deal of confusion regarding how we ought to make those decisions.

Fad diets, weight gaining programs, weight loss programs, nutritional guidelines, and personal recommendations all come flying at us from every direction. We hear from one source that we ought to eat more eggs, and from another that we ought to eat less. We become convinced that we need to count calories and then are quickly swayed to believe that we, instead, need to worry more about fat (saturated or otherwise).

All the while we might wonder, “What does God have to say about all of this?” But we’re too busy trying to find the most convenient solution to our problems or too emotionally compelled in one direction or another to ever really stop to consider it.

God created us to need food. It is a humble confession of our dependence to stop multiple times a day to receive sustenance. God also created us with powerful taste buds and olfactory receptors that can produce euphoric experiences. And like everything else in this world, he created us that way to bring himself glory.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

Additional articles that might be of interest.