Day 69~ 1 Tim. 4-6
“For physical training has some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (4:8)
I think that verse stuck out to me because it convicted me a little bit. I had to ask my self, which do I spend more of my time on, training for godliness or working out? They both have value, but Paul clearly says one is more important than the other.
Our culture, not surprising, has put the emphasis on the physical training. And boy do we have options! Jazzercise, step classes, aerobics, Zumba, kick boxing, Pilates, strength training, the elliptical, spinning, boot camp, cross-fit, not to mention good ‘ol, running, swimming, rowing, tennis and every other type of sport.
They are all good, but the question is, are we, as Christians spending an equal amount or greater amount of time doing the thing that is more valuable? There are as many different types of Bible studies as there are types of exercises. The variety is there to keep you motivated, engaged and growing in godliness.
I love that you are reading with me! We are engaged in one of the ways to train for godliness! I actually feel like I am getting “more fit”! Personally, however, I hope I don’t lose momentum. You know how it is, just like working out, you skip one day and then it’s super hard to get back in to it the next day. Also like working out, if you don’t keep using the muscles, you lose the strength (fast).
Thanks for the analogy, Paul! In our culture today, it is very apropos!