It is hard not to keep fasting about losing weight.
Truth be known, most of us could afford to lose a few pounds and fasting really helps in the endeavor. Invariably, after we’ve endured a few days of fasting we will feel the lure of the scales beckoning (to see how we’re doing). On the other hand, after I’ve indulged in eating a half-dozen “hot now” Krispy Kreme donuts I flee the scales!
This is not all bad. After all, we are not a spirit that lives in a body and we are not a body that has a spirit; we are body and spirit and thus if fasting helps our body to become more healthy and fit that is a good thing.
But now to the question before the house: Should Christians be fat?
The answer for both body and spirit is no.
In most cases being overweight is a signal that we are eating too much or are not active enough (or a combination of both). If you listened to some Christians, you’d think the goal of fasting (and all devotional pursuits) is to get fat “spiritually”. What good would that do?
The goal of this season of fasting is not to get fat but to get full—“full” as in healthy and strong, energized, in shape, ready to run, ready to follow Christ at his pace.
Bottom line, don’t make this season of fasting about fat—losing a few physical pounds that you’ll probably gain right back after the fast and gaining few spiritual pounds that you’ll probably lose right after the fast; make this season about getting full so that you run the race that God has set before you full on.
- Prayer: Gracious and loving God, patient and caring beyond hope. Today I commit myself anew to “getting in shape.” I don’t know when my race will be finished—only you know that. But when that time comes I want to be fully engaged right up to the last minute. I don’t want to limb across the finish line, I want run across. I want to be full and running over in your power and anointing so that others can be encouraged and strengthen to finish well also.
- Over these next thirty-two days, run me through the paces, feed me from your table, get me in shape. Whatever 2016 holds for me, I want to do more than just survive, I want to be victorious and I know that this can only happen if I am healthy.
- Oh Lord, heal me, help me, make me whole! Fill me with your Holy Spirit.
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16 (NKJV)