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
Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.
While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.
Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.
Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.
When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.
Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.
While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.
Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.
What are you training for today?
I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God.