The other day I had the privilege of speaking with Leslie Leyland Fields editor of the book “The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God.” It was a very interesting and informative conversation on how we can honor God through our dining.
So often we Christians are careful about what we let into our eyes and ears, but so often we tend to be less concerned with what we put in our bellies. But just like our music, speech, and viewing choices can effect our relationship with God, so can our dining. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Mrs. Fields shared a wealth of information on how we can dine “for the glory of God.” I’ll share just a few, and the rest will be divulged in a future Georgia Town Crier program on NewLife FM TBA.
One way we can honor God with our dining is to invite people to our kitchen table that are less fortunate. Those who cannot afford to pay us back or invite us over to their home for a meal. In this way we glorify God by sharing our abundance with the needy and help feed the poor. Another simple way to glorify God in our dining is to savor our food.
So often we tend to heap more than our fair share of food onto our plates and try to consume it in the shortest time possible. Instead let us glorify God by cutting our portion size to what we need and as we savor each fork full praise God for the wonderful flavors, aromas, bountiful blessing, and fellowship we have with friends or family who join us. As we meditate on our food, we meditate on God and our dining in a sense becomes a form of worship to our heavenly provider. For those of us with small children, you can also turn this into an opportunity to teach your kids about God during the meal.
These are just a couple quick ways we can glorify God in our dining. Throughout the holiday season, many of us will enjoy meals with friends and family. It seems dining is an important part of just about any celebration, and one day it will be a major portion of one of the greatest celebrations of all — the marriage supper between our returning King and his bride the Church. But until that day let us glorify God in all that we do, even when we eat!