Friday, April 10, 2009
At the end of the day, the reason I'm so overweight (about 50 lbs) is that I'm a self-centered, indulgent person. If I had simply obeyed the Lord and treated my body as he would have me, I would have enjoyed food very much--after all He gave it to us as a gracious gift--but I would also have known the joy that only comes from glad obedience.
But since I've been disobedient, in this way and in many others, and since my sin is more horrible in the sight of God than I know, Jesus Christ--very God of very God--made the unspeakable choice of taking on flesh, humbling himself by taking on the form of a servant (though He Himself is God), and becoming obedient all the way to death on a cross. Three days later he was raised again from death (for evidence see Josh McDowell, "Evidence for the Resurrection") and thus conquered death, the final enemy, so that now all who believe in Him will not perish for their sin but have eternal life, which is knowing God (John 17).
How grateful I am to Him for this gracious and merciful act. How grateful I am to Him for causing me to know Him on October 26, 1986 and keeping me until this day. How grateful I am for His patience with me, that he continues to hang in there with me though I still struggle with such silly, fundamental things as eating well and not indulging my every desire. He is more admirable than we will ever know, and how I long to know Him better and to grow to be just like Him.
Thank you, Lord, for your humility and kindness and mercy and patience. May your great and gracious Name be glorified this day!