As we celebrate the victorious resurrection of our Savior, our celebration also extends to appreciating our own resurrection—not only our eventual resurrection to enjoy the new heaven and new earth in a new body, but also our current experience of new life as new creations in Christ.
For women who struggle with feeling as though they are compelled to eat more food than their bodies require, understanding that being “in Christ”—and especially in His resurrection that conquered the power of sin—is crucial to recognizing that overeating need not be a lifelong challenge. Our “addiction”-obsessed culture would have us believe that overeating can only be controlled, not completely resolved. However, as we live our resurrected life—right now—we are free from the compulsion of sin (Rom. 6:5-7).
Knowing that we are no longer slaves to sin and that our new life in Christ is empowered by His Spirit, who endows us the fruit of self-control (Gal. 5:23), frees us to prayerfully explore the beliefs that motivate turning to food for reasons other than natural physical hunger. As God’s Spirit and God’s Word renew our minds in very personal ways, we can move away from compulsions that are no longer natural to our resurrected lives (Eph. 4:24).
Don’t feel particularly resurrected this Easter? Ask God to reveal to you the freedom that He has given to you personally because He included you in His Son’s victory over sin and death.