A couple of weeks ago I started on a Keto diet … that’s where you eat a lot of good fats and proteins and minimal carbohydrates. I know a handful of other folks at Community who’ve successfully done this, so I figured I’d give it a try. The concept of the diet is to train your body to burn fat rather than sugar/glucose. So far, I’ve lost about 10 pounds and I’m pretty excited about that. But I also have good energy, no more acid reflux type stuff, and just overall feel pretty good. I feel full most of the time and don’t need to snack so much. In fact, I have to make sure I’m eating enough to get enough calories.
There was period of adjustment where my body was saying, “No, this is crazy, eat those chips and candy and bread and potatoes and pizza and desserts, etc.” A few days into it I was feeling out of sorts, weak, lethargic, and irritable. My body was in the process of change … no longer finding any sugar as a source of energy and having to shift over to burning some fat (which I’ve been storing up for quite some time!) Our bodies can change … but it requires a good bit of effort, commitment, willingness to hurt a bit, perseverance, and desire.
We can also change spiritually … it too requires a good bit of effort, commitment, willingness to hurt a bit, perseverance, and desire. We also experience some discomfort during the process. Romans 12:2 talks about our need to change and transformed “by the renewal of your mind.” We need to stop feeding our mind certain things and put it on a different diet, training it to think on the Gospel. So how frequently do you partake of the means of grace – God’s Word, prayer, sacrament? And what’s your portion size? Are you getting enough calories?
Real change / transformation does take place when we fix our eyes on Jesus. Paul says it this way in 2 Cor 3:18 – "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image form one degree of glory to another.” Note, we ARE being transformed to be made more like Jesus when we gaze upon Him and His glory, best displayed at the cross.
Let’s be a church family who not only wants to transform our physical bodies into something healthier, let’s give the same (or more) attention to our spiritual condition and proclaim the Gospel to ourselves, and one another, each and every day.