Have you noticed that people are getting crazier about their diets? You have to eliminate all the carbs, gluten, and processed food. It’s almost as if food has become its own religion. This has left a lot of people confused about what to eat and what not to eat, and it’s easy to twist scripture to support your stance. Peter sifts through it all and makes it easy: “Everything created by God is good as long as it is received with a thankful heart.”
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
Avoid Being Rigid
People like rules. Rules give clarity and help us to determine right and wrong. Where that goes wrong is when we become too rigid with the rules. People in Peter’s day were becoming so radical in their beliefs that they were departing from their faith. They focused so intensely on areas like diet that they lost the big picture. Peter attempts to clear it up by telling that whatever God has created is good as long as it is received with a thankful heart.
Moderation in Everything
There has been a resurgence in the fitness community on the purity of a person’s diet. It has to be pure, clean, and holistic for it to be genuinely beneficial. While there is a benefit to this, it can cross over the line of reason when it consumes our lives, and we start to be judgmental of those who don’t eat like us. For the Christian, there needs to be moderation in everything, so it doesn’t take us away from our devotion to Jesus Christ.
Live with a thankful heart. Enjoy God’s creation and tell him how grateful you are for it. Nothing God has created is bad; it is for our benefit and enjoyment. Remember to keep your priorities straight. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things should be added to you. Your holiness is to remain your primary goal.