Our scripture this morning is 1 Timothy 4:7-10.
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Many of us engage in exercise of some sort to maintain physical fitness, lose weight or recover from an injury. Paul tells us while physical training is good, spiritual training is much more important because it promises “benefits in this life and the life to come” (v. 8). What if we paid as much attention to our spiritual health as we do our physical health?
I have reluctantly given up some some foods that are not healthy and begun exercising to keep my body in working order. We must treat our spiritual lives in the same way, with discipline and regular practice. Only by being intentional about our faith can we learn and grow.
Paul’s letter to Timothy is both personal and public. The instruction he offers is intended as teaching for everyone, encouraging training for godliness. We must prepare ourselves, with God’s help, to be spiritually fit, ready to carry His love to the world every day.
Gracious God, we know You need no help, but You call us into partnership in Your plan. Bless us to strengthen our faith that we may be fit for the work of Your kingdom. Amen.