“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES , And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
Have you ever considered that your relationship with food and your body may be one of captivity or that you may be bound up by rules, rigidity and fantasy thinking in the prison of pursuing weight loss?
Friend, I stand firmly rooted in Christ to proclaim His truth in your life and to encourage you to seek liberty and your breakout from the diet prison. You are meant for more than chasing a number on the scale and a body size that fits the calling of society’s standards. You are meant to have a life in Christ, but what does that even mean?!
You are a new creation!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:16
With every new attempt at a diet comes the promise of a new you…a new creation. The diet promises you happiness, satisfaction, confidence, energy, attractiveness, lovability, and freedom. It promises that if you just stick with it, you will find salvation from the larger body you have been existing in, deliverance from fat shaming and disappointment and protection from “health consequences” of being fat. (I use the term “fat” only as a descriptor, I hope to neutralize the term and remove the judgement/stigma that has historically been associated with it.) The health piece of it is being challenged more and more with the Health at Every Size® movement, but that will be another post!
You may truly experience some of the above results. However, we know that using intentional restriction aka diets, to lose weight often ends up doing more harm than good. My hope is that you can embrace a diet free life and live freely in Christ as a new creation defined by God.
When you come to Christ, accepting the truth of your salvation through him, turning from the sin of your past, you step out of your old self and into your new self in Christ. You no longer live to serve yourself, which can be seen in your drive to lose weight, the chase for thinness or the obsession with health. We get to walk in the newness of life when when we bury our obsessions and step into our fullness in Christ. (Romans 6:4)
Now, it doesn’t stop here. You must pursue a relationship with God, seeking to become wiser in the knowledge of His ways (Col. 3:10); You must seek eternal/heavenly things, not the beauties and riches of the world, which will merely be destroyed by moths and rust. (Matthew 6:18-20) Consider this! The desire to lose weight, be thin, diet and become something the world is calling you to is seeking an earthly treasure! It will be destroyed and “thieves can break in and steal” it! This makes me think of how the enemy comes in, seeking to kill, steal and destroy.
If you can be so caught up seeking beauty, seeking thinness, seeking the right diet or number on the scale, then he has STOLEN your life. He has stolen your relationship with Christ. He as stolen your identity! What do you say, is it time you put off the old self and old practices and wrap yourself in newness “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness?
How will your health and life be different if you step into that calling?
Can we agree the likeness of God would not include being in bondage to the drive to be thin?
You Have Eternal Life
In Christ, you have eternal life. Weight loss fantasies conjure up images of a perfect, happy life-maybe even a blissful beach life in the perfect swimsuit. It can be tempting to follow the life offered by the world, one which has a different kind of gratification.
I don’t know about you, but chasing calories on a treadmill, measuring food, reviewing restaurant menus (just to avoid the restaurant in the end) and constantly dieting is a sure way to strip the life out of someone.
Countless times I ask my clients “Why do you want to stop dieting?” They often reply “I’m tired of it getting in the way of living my life.”
As Christians, this obsession with dieting and losing weight can actually take the place of our love relationship with God. It can strip of time and energy that we might otherwise spend learning God’s word, praying, serving, simply being in his presence and RESTING!
How many times have you wanted to rest, but the gym called you to another brutal training session (even though you already went earlier in the day)? Or, instead of taking a true sabbath, you were lured by the diet rules to painstakingly plan your weeks worth of meals, down to the last calorie?
Diets kill, steal and destroy your life.
However, when you are living in Christ, you have accepted the promise and blessing of God as John 5:24 says
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment,but has passed from death into life.”
This is a frequently quoted scripture “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) It is such an important reminder to how much God cares for you and loves you. The world will keep throwing diets and weight loss miracles at you…but that stuff will not save you.
Are you believing more in the life promised by a diet or the everlasting life given to you when you put your faith in Jesus, offering you to pass from death into life: (John 5:24)?
You Have an Identity In Christ
When you are following the ways of the world, seeking a number on the scale or a specific size and shape, you are often chasing and identity that you hope will bring you happiness, success, friends, love and purpose. You can become tangled up in an identity that is based on your food and body relationship. You become “good” if you are eating right and good things or “bad” if you have a cheat day. You find your worth and value in the scale.
However, in Christ your identity is so much more!! In Christ you are:
God’s Masterpiece Ephesians 2;10
Adopted as a Child of God Ephesians 1:6
Redeemed Ephesians 1:6
Accepted Romans 5:7
Made in the image of God Gen 1:27
A member of the body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Bought at a Price…because He loves you 1 cor 6:20, John 3:16
Spiritually minded (Romans 8:5)
Take these verses and spend some time asking God to reveal His truth to you. You are a child of God, an important part of the body of Christ, beautifully made by a Creator who makes no mistakes. You are chosen by Him and for Him because he loves. you.
So friends, when you spend your life chasing the number instead of chasing after God, you will lose your life. Give up the chase that is taking you away from your Creator, the lover of your soul and your true identity. Find you’re your best life when you turn back to God, placing Him at your highest priority. Experience the joy of your life in Christ as you embrace your new creation, the promise of everlasting life and your identity as defined by Christ-not the world.
I pray this has given you some awakening in your spirit to let go of your food rules, dieting and drive to be thin/lose weight.
Love & Blessings,
(aka, the Warrior Dietitian)