Text: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
Maybe this goes without saying – and maybe it’s been said in a few ways in this study already – but fasting is for one thing: God’s glory.
It is for our drawing near to Him, yes.
It is for mourning our sin, yes.
It is for interceding and returning and repenting, all those things.
But all those things are for His glory.
We can fast from food while feasting on our own pride.
We can withhold indulgences while noting them as accomplishments.
It may not be easy to fast, but it is quite easy to make our fasting about us.
We don’t set out for it to be this way, but we are sinners and so it is. Even our most selfless deeds – our efforts to deny ourselves and take up our cross – require His grace.
In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul spends several verses explaining to the Church that what they eat is not as important as why they eat it. The qualifications of the menu are not as important as the company sitting around the table. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,” Paul says, “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Keep in mind the bigger picture, he says (my paraphrase). There is more at work here than a set of rules. The Lord is building a Kingdom!
Today, Sisters, whatever we eat or drink, whatever we don’t eat or don’t drink – whatever we do – let’s do it all for the glory of our God. Because our fasting and feasting, our prayer and confession, our meditation and our study – it is about so much more than us. It is about His kingdom. It is about Him.