“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8 NLT
Are you in shape both physically and spiritually? In our society, much emphasis is placed on physical fitness, but spiritual health (godliness) is even more important. Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but faith can sustain us through any tragedy. To train ourselves to be godly, we must develop our faith by using our God-given abilities in the service of the church (see 4:14-16). Are you developing your spiritual muscles? Bodily training is limited both in extent and duration; it affects only the physical body during this earthly life. (Life Applications Study Bible)
14 ‘Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.’ – 1 Timothy 4:14-16
You know what’s fascinating to me the world always refers to a balanced life. What I don’t get is how little time people spend time on their spiritual state. Don’t think I am perfect in any of these departments. What I do is spend plenty of time on is my spiritual life.
Most probably not enough on the physical, which is important as well.
Because while on earth we have to do the best we can. So fitter and stronger will stand you in good stead.
In Bible School, I learnt that man is Spirit Body and Soul, which was very clear in that teaching is if you are not mentally healthy, you are susceptible to bodily disease. In other words, if you are mentally ill, you can become physically ill.
For a moment consider what the scripture is saying. Our time on earth is limited and our time in Heaven is eternal. So common sense says to me. Look after yourself while on earth, but invest in the future your eternal life. Yes I know it sounds so out there, I can assure you it’s very real.
All this training both physically and mentally leads to right living. In other words a good life, balanced and full of reward. Lets for a moment consider the principle of seedtime and harvest. What you are doing, in essence, is planting a seed to a good life, full of blessing.
Remember a while ago I said that we are all blessed with talents and gifts. Read verses 14 – 16, these verses remind us to use those gifts. Why not use those talents for self-improvement and to touch others.
“Lord, please guide and help me to right living. Amen.”