“For physical training if 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
Many people love to workout. They will go to the gym for various reasons. Some do it so that they will look good physically. Others do a workout so that they will stay healthy and in good shape. Some will do it because they want to be around others that work out on a regular basis. Still others will do it out of guilt that they should or because a doctor ordered it.
Working out in a gym does have its value. It does help a person stay healthy and in good physical shape. The problem is that is where this type of training has an end in value. It is only good for this life. How long is this life? Maybe 70-80 years for the average person that is in good shape, but then it is over and the eternal part of life starts. At that point all of the physical training a person did has no value at all.
This is where Paul says one is to train to be godly. Godliness has value both now and in the future.
When you are living a godly life, you will be taking care of yourself physically at the same time. You will be living according to God’s plan for your life. God will direct you to live the best way possible, if you listen to Him and trust Him.
Train yourself to read the Bible daily. As you read it, study it and apply it to your life. Train yourself to do what the Bible says: pray, worship, and witness. All three of these things take training to get better at it. You are supposed to live your life like Jesus did. As soon as you can match your life exactly like Jesus, then you have finished your training. Until then keep training.
Living like Jesus will help you in this life and in the life eternal that is to come.
How is your training going today? Is it just physical? Or is it training to be like Jesus?
Is it good just for today? Or does it hold value for eternity?
I pray today that God will show you how to grow more like Jesus; that you will train yourself be like God; that you will not focus on the physical of this temporary world only; and that your training will be of value both now and in eternity.