I enjoyed some spicy sausage patties for breakfast today. I know some people are given dietary restrictions from their doctors (low sodium, etc.), others are prescribed what to eat and not eat by their religious traditions. This is an area that God allows us to decide today based on our conscience. The strict kosher dietary laws of the Jews were modified through Peter’s dream and Paul’s teaching. So long as we don’t judge one another and our conscience doesn’t convict us, “eat away”! And, remember that the kingdom of God is less about food and more about love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. So, if I find myself creating an offense in a brother, I will likely abstain from my food privileges for their sake. That way I don’t just eat, but I pray and love!
Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not to have quarrels over opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but the one who is weak eats only vegetables. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:1-4 NASB
Do I receive what I eat with joy and gladness, thankful to God who provides all I need in this life?
God, as this day begins, it will be filled with celebration for the freedom we have in the United States! And I will remember that it is for freedom that Christ has set me free. I am free from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day the presence of sin. And how wonderful that I can eat whatever my conscience affirms. Mmmmmm! Thank you!