I went to an extreme that day sitting in an all-you-can-eat, restaurant thinking about how much I could eat. The only problem was my mother sitting across the table from me. How could she be convinced that I should be allowed to eat as much as I wanted to?
Little did I know that she was not going to restrain me.
The thought became an action as I sat looking at plate number 4 with an urge inside to stop here; but dessert looked so good. As I stood up, my mother asked, “Are you sure you want more, aren’t you full yet?”
My response was, “Not quite.”
Pride kept me eating when I knew that I had surpassed my limit. At this point my stomach felt like a sandbag and no food looked appealing at that point.
A visit to Wal-Mart made it clear to me that indeed, I was full and desired no food, whatsoever. The foods that looked so good to me normally were now just objects that sat on shelves.
A spiritual lesson can be learned from this experience. I had a strong desire for an unhealthy amount of food; this was lust. From here my thoughts turned into an ungodly action, which was gluttony because I was eating in a manner that did not bring glory to God (I Corinthians 10:31). Furthermore, I was not taking care of my body which is the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16). Had I continued in this pattern it would have led to possible diabetes and high blood pressure, which could have led to a premature death (James 1:15). When we spend hours listening to derogatory music we have no desire to hear anything wholesome. When we spend hours looking at things that are unbecoming, we do not desire to look into the words of life found in the Word of God.
But what about if we were to become full of the Word of God! What if we got to the point where after we closed our Bibles we could not help but talk about God’s Word with others (Matthew 12:34b)? What about if we were so full of the Word of God that when tempting thoughts came to us we would dispel them because we would not have any room for them to lodge in our hearts?
When we are full we have no desire for anything else; so the question is simple, “What are you filling up yourself with?”
Read more articles by Emeka Buffong or search for articles on the same topic or others.