Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 6: 16 – 21
Let’s dive into our devotional for today. It won’t be too long, but there are few thoughts I want to get across.
I want you to think about WHY you are trying to lose weight. Then, I want you to go back and read these verses again.
We all love to hear that we look great. We all love to hear that we are doing good job. Compliments feed our soul, boost our ego, and give us a little extra “oomph” to keep going. But is that the only reason you are doing this? Is it only so you can look good and be praised by others?
I will admit, I am more than a little guilty of wanting to lose weight so that others will notice. Being a mom of 8, I think people just expect me to be fat. After Sawyer was born, I can’t even tell you how many times I heard, “You look good for having 8 kids.” Man, I HATED hearing that. Every time I would hear that, I would think to myself, “Just wait until I lose all this weight. Then you can eat your words.” Boy, oh boy, did I ever have the WRONG mindset.
Back in April of 2015, some things happened, and it was like a kick upside the head, straight from God. I learned – real fast! – that I wasn’t totally committed to God, nor was I living my life the way I was supposed to. I wasn’t wallowing in sin, but I wasn’t walking daily with Him either. I made a pact with God, right then and there, that I was going to get it right. I was going to focus on Him first, and everything else second. What a change that has made! I am still not where I want to be in my relationship, but I am trying. And, once I gave everything over to Him and allowed Him full control of my life, the weight started falling off. 40+ pounds in less than 5 months. Please know that I’m not trying to brag, I just want you to see what HE can do. The past couple of weeks my numbers have not been dropping at all, but I figured out that I am focusing all of my quiet time and devotional time working on stuff for this group. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I’ve let my own spiritual needs fall by the wayside. So, for the remainder of our time together, not only will I be studying and working for this group, but I’m also going to make sure that I study a little extra and allow Christ to daily show me what He has for me. I have to remember WHY I am doing this: To draw closer to Christ, to give up my temptations, and to live a healthier, fuller life that is pleasing to Him.
If we are doing this to seek the praise of men, we will have our rewards down here on earth. We will hear the “great job!”s and other compliments. Just like the “hypocrites” Christ refers to in the first part of this passage. But, if we want rewards in heaven, and we want to hear “Great job” from Christ Himself, we MUST do this correctly. We must get past the praise from men and seek the face of our Lord instead.
I am not saying we shouldn’t praise or encourage one another. It helps me when I see others succeeding, and I want to work harder to succeed too! I will still be the biggest cheerleader for everyone in this study. But, I want more than anything, to cheer you on as I see you grow in Christ. To hear how HE has changed your life, made your days a little sweeter, and about blessings He has poured out on you.
1. WHY do you want to lose weight? Has your answer changed since you started this study?
2. How can we lay up treasures in Heaven while here on earth?
Exercise at least 30 minutes and drink 8 glasses of water.