I'm not 100% sure if Australia is the most obese country in the world but I know we're pretty close to the top.
Reference: v.18&20 "Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can make them 'unclean'?"… He went on: "What comes out of a person is what makes them 'unclean'. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Today's world is very fixated on food. Two-thirds of the world doesn't have enough and one-third has too much. As I sit at my computer, earning more that $1 a day in my house filled with clothes, furniture and electrical items it is clear that I am positioned in the 'one-third' category. I'm not 100% sure if Australia is the most obese country in the world but I know we're pretty close to the top. And yet our media and fashion continue to promote those who are waver thin. Every magazine highlights a new diet or exercise regime and in our newly re-developed suburb we've had three gyms go up in the last 12 months.
Application: Food is essential and I must admit that I don't handle the 'moderation' as well as I should. But ultimately food's purpose is to give us energy. I think, rather than focus on the energy source, we need to start concentrating more on how we are using our energy. Do we use our energy to build people up or tear them down? When Jesus was confronted about his disregard for the food laws He too emphasised what came out from a person rather than what they ate. For our physical health and well-being we must take note of what we eat. However, for our spiritual health and well-being we must take note of what we do.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for each meal that You bless us with. We pray that we may use whatever energy we have today to build Your kingdom. Amen.
What is healthier, your diet or your actions? Which area needs some exercise?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.