Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) and a podcast on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. If you found this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Generally, I’m not particularly fond of self-serve restaurants. Although it costs a little more, I really like my food to be served to me. Maybe getting my own meal feels too much like home, and so when I go out, I want to get special treatment. Now, having said that, I recognize that one of the advantages of self-serve restaurants, you know, like cafeterias or buffets, is that you can create your own meal by choosing your own food. And that may be particularly important if you have allergies or some very specific tastes. In those cases, self-serve is great, because it gives you the freedom to pick and choose what goes on your plate and into your body.