Before I start out, I have to say I tried to find an actual picture for this post but when you Google Image the word Gluttony the only thing that comes up is fat people and over eating which I found to be annoying because I believe gluttony carries on more meaning then just overeating and overindulging in the sense of food. OKAY, rant over, and now we can begin.
Gluttony: Habitual greed or excess in eating (first definition when you Google gluttony).
Lets be honest, and I will even admit, when you hear the word gluttony the first thing to come to mind is overeating, and being fat. I’ve heard a couple of different things that people say in regards to gluttony and it is almost always in the sense of weight and food, which is kind of bothersome because as someone who struggles with my weight to think other people think I am in sin because I am fat can be a little upsetting. Yes, I will admit that I have not been the best steward of my body and I have so much room for improvement it’s not even funny. However, it is not as if I am entering pie eating contests and just eating unseemly amounts of food. I am your typical american who gained the freshman 15-20 lbs, and then got married and put on another 5, and then during my pregnancy I did the whole, “I’m pregnant so I can eat how I want, after all I am eating for 2″ thing and gained like 50 lbs…..Of course that all adds up and when you are 4’11” it’s even worse and so of course it all adds up and I am not as small as I once was….yes, even FAT (I hate typing that word out). However, I feel like to look at someone like me and think, “Oh she is a glutton, she is living in sin” is hard for me to swallow because that same person may have a propensity to overspend on clothes or something else which, while not as overly evident as the overweight or obese person, is still a sin and a problem.
The biggest thing about gluttony, about all 7 of these deadly sins, is the heart of the problem. You see, there is a reason we do these things whether we realize them or not, many times its subconsciously and we only realize the problem after we have bought our 50th pair of shoes, or have hit that number on the scale which we swore we would never see. It all goes back to the heart, why do we feel we must buy all these things, why do we eat so much? Where does it come from? Well, especially in the overspending category I don’t think its so much as a “oh I have daddy issues i’m going to go buy a billion shoes” as much as it’s as the definition says a “habitual greed” in which you just want more and more and when the newest shoe or fad comes out we feel we just “must have it”. I can tell you though, with the weight and food it is also a habit forming issue, and for me many times it has been out of boredom (boredom is the feeling I know I associate with food the most) and mood eating (oh just saw a commercial for such and such pizza I want to try that tonight). Whether its the amount of money you are spending on earthly possessions, or the food you pile in out of boredom or a specific mood, they are both a sin and something we should repent and turn from, need some proof that gluttony is a true, biblical sin?
“for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.”
“The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.”
“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 6:12
“‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful.’All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be dominated by anything.”
“And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'”
“If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.”
Whether your gluttony is food, clothes, alcohol, or whatever overindulgence it is you give into, the Lord wants you to do away with it and instead rely and lean upon Him. We can overindulge in anything and everything, but nothing at all will satisfy the way in which the Lord will. Come to Him, give it all up and over to Him. HE. IS. ENOUGH!!!!!!!
PS. This is all said TO ME first and foremost, so I don’t want you to feel I am writing this about anyone other than myself. I hope that this is evident, but if you feel the Lord convicting you in these areas I pray you will listen to The Spirit as it calls to you, and I pray that you would allow HIM to open your ears and hearts today.
Your Sister in Christ,