One, two, three pray after me and POOF! Your relationship with God is all set. This world we live in has mixed up and messed up how we can have a relationship with God. Paul deals with this very subject. “Food will NOT commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.” 1 Corinthians 8:8
When the teens go to camp, they have had food eating contests. They are not your typical pie, jello, or marshmallow eating contests. The contests have included pig brains, rotten eggs, and blended up worms to name just a few. My daughter would come home talking about these games, only to make me queasy hearing about them. Yes, they would win a prize for succeeding to stomach these not so normal food items. Paul was clarifying that it was not what you ate or what you did not eat that had any merit to a closer relationship with God.
So how do we draw closer to God? It is an action on our part. God always does his part.
…How can we know the way? Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:5, 6). “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).
Our only way to the Father in heaven is through Jesus. Jesus knew there would be confusion, heartaches, and troubles in this world. There are times that I go to my “feel good” food, which includes ice cream and chocolate, of course. It is temporary, I know. However, what are you relying on that you do to have a relationship with God? Jesus said that He has “come to give us life, but not just life, but an abundant life also” (John 10:10b). We have the ability in this world we live in to live an abundant life! It is a life rich in God’s mercy and grace! It is a life surrounded by God’s goodness!
To eat or not to eat should never be the question.
To trust God and follow Him is the answer.