A Full Belly

18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Phil 3:18-19

Paul is not talking about the ‘super bad’ sinners and enemies of the cross. He isn’t talking about rapists and murderers, or maybe he is, but he isn’t only talking about these people. He is talking about you and about me. People who have their gaze fixed on earthly things:

  • Revenge
  • Grudges
  • Success
  • Status
  • Deceit
  • Envy/covetousness
  • Fear/anxiety
  • Comfort
  • Security
  • Gluttony/Excess living
  • Pleasure
  • Laziness

Whatever this looks like in your life, and I’m sure there is more than one…

Paul was in tears at the thought of the Philippians, and the thought of you and me, seeking to be full on worldly pleasures when only God could ever and can ever fill the longing of our souls. The cry for more is often louder than the gentle calling of a humble king.

Prayers for you and prayers for me to not walk as enemies of the cross, eyes fixed on worldly pursuits. Prayers to seek first the kingdom and to put aside the cravings of this world/culture. God bless and Amen!


Published by KPatt

An outgoing Enneagram 7 who loves to travel, journal, blog, laugh until I cry, take risks, love hard, and live simple. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, I graduated from the University of Minnesota's School of Professional Journalism -- Go Gophers! My husband and I got married and soon after moved to Reno, NV and have enjoyed every moment being out here. In the last 5 years, between getting married, moving halfway across the United States, getting licensed to do foster care, buying a house, and navigating everything in between, I have wanted a forum to tell our story, share Truth, and encourage others with tough lessons we have learned along the way. Thank you for sticking around to read a post or two. If you are encouraged, please share the post, leave feedback, and send me a message! God bless and thanks for being here.

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