1 Timothy 4:8 The Best Training

“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.

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1 Corinthians 8:9 Exercising Your Rights

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9

One of the challenges that was being faced in the church of Corinth was whether to eat meat sacrificed to idols or not. The pagan belief was that eating meat that was sacrificed would give you blessings from that god. Paul pointed out that eating the meat was just that and nothing more. Meat is just meat regardless of where it came from.

Some believers had come to understand that and was willing to eat the meat, while others still would not. Those who would eat the meat, ate it for the sake of food, not that it was sacrificed meat. Others could not get past the idea that it had been sacrificed and refused to eat it.

Even though they had the right to eat the meat, Paul says do not do it when around those who would not eat it. They had to give up their rights to strengthen the others.

Today people do not have to deal with sacrificed meat, at least in America, but there are other things that can cause stumbling blocks. There are believers who refuse to dance because dancing is usually associated with night clubs and bad parties. Other believers accept it as just a way to glorify God and enjoy time together.

Some believers refuse to allow women to wear pants, while others accept it. Some accept drinking a little wine, while others none. The list goes on and on. There are many things the Bible is silent on, which allows difference of opinion.

Paul says to be careful about your freedom here. If you are around someone who does not believe in doing something, even though it is not spoken against in the Bible, do not do it at that time. Do not try to force the person to accept your ways and beliefs.

The important things in life is believing in and obeying Jesus. After that, many things are subject to personal interpretation. What may be wrong for one person, may not be wrong for another. Although there are certain things that the Bible directly states are sin and they are wrong for everyone. Anything outside of those sins is matter between you and God.

Be willing to sacrifice your freedom to build someone else up.

I pray today that you will know what God calls sin; that you will know what God allows in freedom; that you will be sensitive to others thoughts; and that you will work to build other believers up.