Gluttony & Satisfaction

When we hear the word “gluttony,” we typically picture something like this–Homer Simpson passed out on a pile of donuts, Duff beer, Krusty fries, and hoagies. We think gluttony is about our desire to down a half-pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Or perhaps we think that gluttony is mindlessly downing a whole bag of Doritos on the couch while we watch the Seahawks play. While gluttony’s immediate connotation is food and drink, gluttony is more far-reaching than just food and drink. Gluttony is the soul’s addiction to excess. What’s behind our addiction to excess is a soul-penetrating, life-changing question: “Where is my satisfaction?” 

How we pursue the answer to this question shapes everything in our lives. Sunday’s message on “Gluttony” in our Respectable Sins series addressed this core question. Gluttony not only includes our overeating but also our insatiable appetite for more clothes, technology, experiences, hobbies…whatever occupies the center of our affections and imagination. The cure to gluttony is not suppressing our cravings, desires, and appetites. It’s redirecting those cravings, desires, and appetites to Something more—to that which can satisfy and fulfill the deepest cravings, desires, and appetites.

This is what the psalmist Asaph is getting at in Psalm 73:25-26:

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I want to challenge you to memorize and meditate upon this passage. As you do so, evaluate your life right now. What do you desire above all else? Where do you go to find your satisfaction? Where are those appetites and cravings ultimately directed? As the 17th century Christian philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.”

May you see & savor Jesus above all else!

Laziness & “Tomorrow”

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So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

~ Psalm 90:12

He was going to be all that a mortal should be
Tomorrow.
No one should be kinder or braver than he
Tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
On him he would call and see what he could do
Tomorrow.

Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write
Tomorrow.
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
Tomorrow.
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn’t a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give others, he’d say
Tomorrow.

The greatest of workers this man would have been
Tomorrow.
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
Tomorrow.
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do
Tomorrow.

“Tomorrow” by Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

 

Summer Series: Respectable Sins

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We’ve become so preoccupied with some of the “major sins” of the culture around us that we’ve lost sight of dealing with some of the more subtle sins we tolerate in our lives. We all fall short and sin, but we are all offered hope and a fresh start through the good news of Jesus. This hope and fresh start offered through Jesus is only for sinners who recognize their need for it. This summer as we explore the subtle sins we’ve come to tolerate in our own lives, let us instead pursue a Spirit-empowered holiness so we can live the lives Jesus created us to live.

Here’s the schedule for the series:

June 28 – Respectable Sins

July 5 – Selfishness

July 12 – Sins of the Tongue

July 19 – Pride

July 26 – Anger

August 2 – Laziness

August 9 – Ingratitude

August 16 – Worry

August 23 – Community SERVE Day

August 30 – Gluttony

September 6 – Pursuing Holiness

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