Physical Training & Godliness

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8

Our family recently joined the local gym. And I’ve honestly enjoyed the time spent working out and the endorphins that come from a hard-earned sweat. It’s a true blessing!

But, I’m learning that working out isn’t enough to accomplish my true goals. The above verse emphasizes this fact.

First, I have to say that I LOVE that God knows our present day needs and struggles. After all, I never thought people in the Bible had to concern themselves with physical training. I assumed that everyone was physically fit before the invention of cars and other modern day conveniences. But, the Bible wasn’t written just for people who lived then – God’s Word is alive and shows that He knows both the struggles of the past and those of our present (and even the future!).

God tells us plainly that physical training is of some value. He cares that we work out our bodies! It is worth our time and efforts to build up our cardiovascular endurance and overall strength.

But, what’s most important to Him is godliness. It’s most important that we focus on His Word and maintain godly character. For me, this includes saying no to ungodly passions like over-indulging in food. It’s exercising discipline and the fruit of the Holy Spirit like self-control. Godliness – or obeying God’s Word and applying Biblical principles to our lives – is important for this life and also “holds promise” for the life to come!

So, know today that the efforts you are making in physical training and in learning God’s Word are valuable to you and to Him. May you be encouraged in this journey to stay focused for the right reasons!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You understand our needs and desires. Thank You that Your Word tells us that physical training is of some value. We also thank You that You direct us to focus on godliness rather than how we look. Lord Jesus, make us more like You! Help us say no to ungodliness, including over indulging in food we don’t need to eat. Help us say yes to learning the Bible and applying it to our lives. Give us motivation to keep going on this journey. Help us not lose heart and give up. You are our prize and treasure that we seek. Make us healthy and thin for Your ultimate glory. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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