17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.
According to the CDC, “More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults are obese.”
As we continue looking at this particular passage, we recall that Paul compares his own pursuit of spiritual growth with the laziness of those who are content to remain as they are. He urges his readers, “Be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.” In other words, he is saying, “Follow my example of vigor and diligence; don’t follow the example of those who are slothful in their spiritual walk.” Why? Because “their end” — the result of their current mindset and behavior — “is destruction.”
According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the Greek word translated as “destruction” not only refers to “the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell,” but also the “destroying of vessels” such as the body. Sin often results in physical ailments — the destruction of the body. (And, of course, sin ultimately results in physical death.) It is no less with the sin of gluttony.
Gluttony, obesity, overeating, being overweight — whatever you want to call it — certainly results in the “destruction” of the body. According to the National Kidney Foundation, “being overweight or obese can cause serious health problems, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, certain types of cancer, gallbladder disease, arthritis, breathing problems, kidney disease, and kidney failure.” Because eating is pleasurable, we don’t like to associate it with these negative and destructive bodily consequences. But most sin is pleasurable! It is no different with gluttony. We enjoy the pleasure of sin — eating what we want when we want it — for a season, but the effects last for decades, and often result in an early death.
PRACTICAL STEP: If you don’t like to cook, instead of getting fast food, buy Amy’s Bowls at the health food store, Kroger, or Albertson’s.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.