Do not eat

Date: Tuesday, March 11

ScriptureLeviticus 11:1-8, 24-28

Verse: Speak to the people of Israel, saying: From among all the land animals, these are the creatures that you may eat. (Leviticus 11:2)

As one who has often been on diets, I can tell you how difficult they can be. I have often wished I got credit, not only for the good things I ate, but also for what I choose not to eat. Passing up that piece of cake or the second helping of lasagna should have the same benefit as 30 minutes of vigorous exercise. But, alas, it does not work that way. Over the years, I have learned a diet is not about making one, big decision as much as it is about all the little decisions we make throughout every day.

When I read dietary laws in the Old Testament, like those in today’s scripture, I have trouble appreciating why God cared about what the ancient Israelites ate. But something far deeper is going on here. God is calling his people to a different way of living, one where they will be called to choose him in small ways all throughout the day. Each time they sat down for a meal, they were identifying themselves based on their relationship with God. Being an Israelite wasn’t a decision they made once and for all. It was instead a series of small decisions to continue to be a person who was following God’s way.

While most of us do not follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament, they serve as a good reminder of our spiritual journey. Like our diets, our life of faith is not simply about one big decision we make, but about a bunch of smaller choices we make every day. During this season of Lent, it is good for us to remember to make decisions to follow Jesus a little better today than we did yesterday.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, strengthen me to make good choices today and every day. Amen.

Action: Make a decision to follow Jesus a little more closely in the day ahead, than you did the day that has passed.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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One Response to Do not eat

  1. Jen says:

    I wish all diets worked the same for everyone!

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