Thoughts on Food

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For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. I John 2:16

Many years ago I heard a sermon that pointed out that the three things listed as being “in the world” in I John 2:16 —

  • The lust of flesh
  • The lust of eyes
  • The pride of life

are parallel with the way that Eve was tempted in the garden.

And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. — Genesis 3:6

The tree was good for food ==== The lust of the flesh

It was pleasant to the eyes ====The lust of the eyes

To be desired to make one wise ===The pride of life


You may be wondering how this is related to finances.

When we hear lust of the flesh, our minds tend to think of sexual lust. But Eve lusted after the fruit. Is it possible that our desire for food can cause us to overspend?

Obviously it is not sinful to eat. God created us to eat. He created us with taste buds so that we can enjoy our food. He created food that tastes good. But I think that many of us have trained our palettes to desire more and richer food than we need. (I think a look at the obesity statistics will back me up!)

One could also argue that excessive consumption of convenience foods and restaurant meals are a reflection of the lust of the flesh as well.

I don’t feel like cooking.

I’d rather relax and not spend time preparing a meal.

That is feeding our flesh. It feels good to go out and not have to do any cooking or clean up.

I want to be pampered!

I deserve to be pampered!

After a while, eating out can become an expectation rather than a treat.

So back to finances.

Take a look at your spending on food.

Do you eat out more than you should?

Do you buy more expensive food than you need?

It is entirely possible that a close look at your food buying habits could actually cause you to spend more. Fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive! My point isn’t as much about saving money as it is thinking and praying about whether we are spending the money that God provides us in a way that honors Him.

And just a disclaimer here. These thoughts are somewhat new to me. I would not like to display the contents of my refrigerator and pantry. I have some junk foods that I really like. I’m also not saying that to be truly spiritual you must eat in a certain way. But there are some things that I have considered “needs” that are really just “wants”. Recognizing them as wants instills a more grateful attitude when I have them, and may help me to sacrifice them to benefit our budget.

Is there something that is a staple in your house that you don’t really need?

This post is written for the Finances column at The Christian HomeĀ – Issue 16 on-line magazine hosted by The Legacy of Home.



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8 thoughts on “Thoughts on Food”

  1. One thing that we cut out was soda (and most all other beverages) and we mostly just drink water. That saves us a lot of money. We also had a discount grocery store near where we shopped and were able to pick up crystal lite 5pks for $.50 or so, so I would stock up. It’s so true that eating out can become an expectation instead of a treat. I see that in my children and my husband and I are trying to break them of it.

  2. We have cut down our food bill a lot this month. I have always planned meals but I am now planning lunches and only buying what is on the menu. We are determined to pay off our vehicles ASAP!

  3. Great post! I was really blessed by the spiritual aspect.

    I have been cooking everything from scratch for a long time now. Because of that I thought I was as frugal with groceries as possible. Recently we started reducing our portion sizes (too much of a good thing is still too much!) and I realized that drastically reduced the food spending.

    Thanks for a great post. You’ve given me lots to think about.

  4. You have made some great points. The impulse food purchases are the one’s that bust the budget and aren’t the best for us. I just never seem to impulsively buy extra veggies.

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