“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7b-8
Paul was writing that to an “apprentice” if you will, in the faith named Timothy. Timothy was a young pastor who Paul had taken under his wing and whom he wanted to encourage.
This verse helps me to put one of the things that I can easily get too focused on in life (physical training) into perspective. I think that the verse is great for doing that with a lot of things in our lives. We have an eternal hope in Jesus, but we lead busy lives with limited time.
Right now, I’m training for my first powerlifting meet. Because of that, I’ve gotten rid of some of the things that used to be important to me in my physical training in order to make room do more pure strength training. I even ditched running (joke’s on you guys). I have a very strict strength training plan that I do a pretty decent job of sticking to.
How many of us do this with our “training for godliness”? As in, striving to live the lives the Lord wants us to live? I know I wasn’t. I’m just now really getting back to daily doing this. I have started listening to my daily Bible reading while I do things around the house, VERY slowly memorizing passages of Scripture, and trying to be more dedicated in praying through my weekly prayer schedule. In addition to this, I remind myself daily that I am forgiven. I remind myself that, because of Jesus, I stand innocent before my Heavenly Father.
Train for godliness. Find your way and be relentless with it.