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Philippians 3:17-20, When the Belly Guides You

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[T]heir god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame...
— Phillippians 3:19

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, March 15, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Have you ever been hungry? Well, of course you have. It’s not the best of feelings. There is a drive, albeit a God-given drive, so that you fill your body with enough calories to sustain your life for another day.

These instincts are all God-given. Yet instinct sometimes goes awry, doesn’t it? Much of the ethical and moral expositions we read in the Bible deal with the fact that human beings are driven by our instincts and desires so much that they become a problem. That’s not being moralistic or mean, it’s just the truth.

What’s the escape? Well, it certainly isn’t complete asceticism! I’m not ready to become a monk. But I do believe any of us can follow the path God has laid out for us, but it takes a disciplined soul to know that we cannot do it alone.

As a person in long-term recovery from depression and alcoholism, I know how difficult this can be. In fact, what I’ve learned in recovery is that you cannot do it yourself. I have needed a higher power to make sense in my life and for me to remain sober. And I’ve also needed the support from others who understand my problem.

The gift of our faith and our faith communities is that we can provide checks and balances for each other to live for God and not let our appetites run amok.

What ways does your “appetite” get in the way with your spiritual development?


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