The world as we know it is morbidly obese. I am not talking about pounds of body mass, but rather a state of worldly gluttony and excess that has led to sickness and eminent death. The food itself tastes great, and the desire for more has consumed our bodies to the point of obesity that will no doubt crush our souls. The only savior through this mess is Christ, and life on the other side is a healthy spark of energy which makes the colors of the earth itself turn from shades of grey to color.

I had this epiphany last week while I was watching Season 8 of “The Biggest Loser” on TV. My wife and I love this show for the simple fact that every single person on the show undergoes a life changing experience through shedding pounds. Most of the people that start the show have given up all hope. They have found comfort in food, lack of exercise and a general acceptance of the ‘this is just the way I am’ mentality. By the end of the show, each person has undergone a transformation of mind and body that instills in them a new sense of purpose. Ultimately, the vast majority of them can’t wait to share their new found sense of hope with friends, family and co-workers.

There was a beautiful and sad moment this past week when one of the contestants named Daniel sat down with a childhood friend of his that was also obese. While Daniel had lost over 200 pounds on the show, his friend David was still over 400 pounds. Daniel told David how much the hard work has changed his life and asked David what he wanted to do about his own weight. David told him that he was just fine. He didn’t ‘feel’ bad, and he was OK with being obese. “Someday I’ll do something about it,” he told Daniel.

It was a sad story. Everyone watching the show knows the long term side effects of obesity. Sleep apnea, diabetes, heart problems, asthma just name a few. Statistics show that life expectancy is drastically decreased due to improper diet and a lack of exercise.

Being obese will kill you but the sell of a healthy life comes with strings attached. You must give up the foods you used to enjoy. You have to hit the gym for exercise. You have to exercise self discipline in all areas in order to survive. How do you explain that with all of this effort, your life will be that much more full and filled with joy? For most obese people, that is asking a little too much. For others it is a constant battle with no major sense of urgency. If people could only experience the health-filled life for a moment, I think the whole situation would be different.

Daniel’s conversation with David reminded me about the plea believers in Christ have with this obese and gluttonous world. “Don’t tell me what not to eat. Stop judging me. I feel just fine. I am a good person.” We know the side effects of an obese world are pain, sickness, suffering, and ultimately death. There is no other way to fix this than to give it all up and adopt a life of discipline in Christ. He is there to give us the strength. The payoff is a life more full than you could ever imagine. The real question is: are you willing to work for it? I promise it is worth it.

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

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