Our Spiritual Muscles
Training for Godliness – Part II
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 4:8
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.
Take note of the last phrase of today’s Key Verse: “promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This phrase reminds us why we want to pay the price of training for godliness.
Think about the price people pay for physical training, such as the monthly cost of a gym membership. People also pay in physical suffering; as the old saying goes, “no pain, no gain”. Why would anyone pay for physical training? Their desires motivate them to get in shape, to look better, and to be healthier.
There are benefits to our training in godliness as well. Some of these benefits we experience in this life. Some of the benefits we experience in the next life. Training in godliness is so much more important than physical training because it affects our eternity.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:6-7)
Our physical training helps us in this life, but this life is short compared to our next life. Anybody into physical training who passes away without Jesus in their hearts will wish they would have spent more time in training for godliness.
The Apostle Paul alludes to the benefits of training in godliness when he wrote in his letter to Titus:
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. (Titus 2:11-13 NLT)
Can you see the benefits of our godly training in these verses? We can turn from godless and sinful living to live in this world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God. We live this way looking forward to the second coming of Jesus and all He has prepared for us. Sinful living can be pleasurable for a season, but in time all sin brings about pain in our lives.
Decide to train yourself in godliness and enjoy the benefits it brings!
Father, Your ways are always the best way. I will follow You. In Jesus’s Name, amen.