Friday, October 25, 2013

The Kingdom of God

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.                                                                                                Romans 14:17-18

So much of human life is focused on the things we and those around us do. Our current culture is food and works obsessed, like it was in ancient Rome. This was magnified for me as I tried to unravel our family's medical mysteries. When you begin talking to people about disease or sickness, ancient advice rolls out:

            "It's the food today. We're all being poisoned!"

                    "You need to switch your eating habits and go sugar free/paleo/gluten-free."

                            "Use these herbs and do yoga."

                                    "This isn't God's way, it must be spiritual warfare."

Trust me, I've heard it all and tried many things. Do you know what worked?


Medicine and scientific information has greatly helped me. In fact, God led me step by step to the doctors who've helped me feel better.

In Romans 14, the apostle Paul is writing to the Romans about judging one another's eating habits. The Roman Christians were judging one another over what they ate or didn't eat. They argued about what days they were or were not celebrating, and because of this, some were putting unnecessary obstacles in the paths of their brother and sister's faith walk.

He tells them, the kingdom of God isn't about eating or drinking. It's not about what we put into our mouths. God is the only one we have to answer to and his kingdom is about...
                      Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

He also says this, "So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves." (v 22)

What amazing advice for us modern people. God is our leader and he will show us the way - the way each of us should go on our own faith walk. Ask Him to guide you today.

                                                                                     He is faithful and wonderful!

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