You Are What You Eat
Peter BeckPeter serves as assistant professor of religion at Charleston Southern University where he teaches church history and theology. While serving as senior pastor in Louisville, Ky., he completed his PhD in historic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation, The Voice of Faith: Jonathan Edwards's Theology of Prayer, is soon to be published. He, his wife Melanie, and their two kids, Alex (12) and Karis (7), live near Charleston, SC. Peter's goal for his teaching and writing ministries is "love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith" (1 Tim 1:5).
- 2009 Feb 25
It has been said that you are what you eat? That means a lot of us are pizza, hamburgers, potato chips, or mediocre Chinese food. Obviously, we’re not to interpret that maxim literally. But, on another level it is true. If your diet consists of nothing but junk food, your health will suffer. It’s just the way we’re made.
It has also been said that you will become what you worship. If you worship your job, you will come to be identified by your job. “There goes Dave. He’s an accountant.” If you worship the ground your children walk on, same thing: “There goes Jo, she’s Billy’s mom.” This maxim isn’t to be taken literally either. But …
Karl Barth once argued, we are becoming what we worship. If we worship God in the way that He is due, we will become gradually more like Him. You will not become godlike but you will be more godly. Our worship effects not only our relationship with God but with everyone else around us. If we are sincere in our worship of God as Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Master, we will become more like Him because that is what He desires. It’s just the way we’re made … in His image.This Sunday don’t take worship so cavalierly. Don’t just sing the songs. Don’t just listen to the sermon because that’s what’s necessary to get through to the lunch hour. See every worship opportunity as an opportunity to set your Ideal before you, to acknowledge His worth, and to become more like Him.