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Journey to Easter: Identity Crisis

Eric and Kyle taught this weekend on the sin of gluttony and the cultural paradox that has been created in terms of how we view our bodies. On one end is the abuse of our bodies. Perhaps we overindulge or maybe don’t enjoy the gift of food at all.

On the other end of the paradox is the adoration of our bodies, where our thoughts are consumed with body image. Our culture feeds this unhealthy mentality by putting forth ever-shifting, unattainable standards that elicit shame, insecurity, and the promotion of body adoration.

But gluttony goes beyond our bodies. Gluttony is turning any of God’s good gifts into little “g” gods. Perhaps you don’t struggle with the gluttony of food. Maybe you’re like Davy who sought his identity in his accomplishments, but found that no bar was high enough, no achievement ever truly satisfied.

Whatever you crave, the way to fight gluttony and abuse is through fixing your eyes not on the temple (your body), but the One who inhabits the temple. God looks at you, all of you, and declares you good. You are created in the image of God, a child of the King and a temple of the Holy Spirit. When you begin to compare yourself to the images that surround you in the world, remember you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139).

As a Christian, your identity rests in the reality that Jesus bought you at a price, and this journey to Easter is a reminder of what He did for you and to see yourself through the eyes of your Heavenly Father.

Questions for reflection
  1. What things in this world have tried to steal your identity? How has this affected your life and decision making?
  2. When you look at yourself through the eyes of Jesus, when you think about His love and sacrifice for you, how does that impact how you look at yourself? How then do you view your body or see your unique abilities?
  3. Read Acts 4:32 and 1 John 4:19 to remember that every good gift comes from God. Share with others from what you have: your smile, time, talent, resources.
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