How can we grow closer to God? Luke 9:23, “'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.” By denying ourselves things that we want, but know is bad for us, like junk food, and cherishing our physical being, it brings us closer to God. Romans 8:11, “if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead has made His home in you, then He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through His Spirit living in you.” We are living for Him and our wants should never come before Him.
Discussion questions: Do you think we grow closer to God when we deny ourselves something that is permissible, but not beneficial? Have you ever had a health scare that made you change your diet?