The existence of cliches is an indicator that there are general truths and sentiments that humanity has echoed for generations. One of the classics is, "you are what you eat". The physical act of digestion is a direct allegory for the spiritual diet. As with much of scripture and human life, concrete realities often have allegorical truths that coincide. But I want to tweak the cliche to pronounce a point that I think "you are what you eat" leads to. What if we changed the phrase to, "you are how you eat"? This is the question I find myself convicted of.
By this I simply mean, how do we relate to our hungers? Are we self-controlled in how we select foods? Or do we reach for the sweets as soon it strikes our fancy? Do we eat till we are sick? Do we buy whatever catches the eye at the market? What about the other extreme? Do we withhold nourishment for vanities sake? Do we deny what God provides for us as good food because we want the world to adore us? And what does that say about spiritual discipline? If the Christian doesn't have command over his stomach, how on earth will he have command of his heart? If we can't stop at one cookie, what makes us think we are capable of curbing our lusts? And if we ignore our bodies need for food, how will we heed our heart's cry for the Spirit?
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10
"Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined." Titus 1:8.
What we eat, is indeed a minor thing, but offenses and undisciplined behavior in the dining room will lead to an unbridled heart.