I read something recently that in essence stated that these physical bodies of ours come with a “weakness” for wanting more pleasure. When we experience pleasure, our bodies desire more and more of it. Having self-control over this physical desire is a struggle for many. I was reminded of this this morning as I savored a piece of Reese’s chocolate. I was stressing mildly over what to write, when I walked past the candy dish and snatched a piece. (See, chocolate is beneficial in many ways!) It is very difficult to stop with just one bite of yummy goodness. I WANT MORE!
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, (Titus 2:3, ESV)
This physical weakness leads us into addictions as we are “filling” our desire for more with earthly things rather than with God. We are focused on our bodies rather than on our creator.
The Vanity of Self-Indulgence
I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. (Ecclesiastes 2:1)
Satan can use even the simple pleasures in life to render us ineffective for God’s Kingdom. A little wine can be good for you, but it is all too easy to allow a little to become a lot. Let us be wise to his schemes. A section on mentoring in “Women Reaching Women” states: “Any behavior that takes your mind and focus from God is not in His will. Escaping reality does not promote biblical living.” We must be diligent and self-controlled to avoid this behavior and help others do the same.
Put On the New Self
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
Seek the things that are above where Christ is! Yes! Now I really want MORE! More of Jesus in my life. More of His freedom and His peace. Lord, help us to not desire the simple pleasures of this world more than we desire You. The pleasures You’ve given us are good only when combined with the self-control that comes from the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Thank you, Lord. Amen.