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
Have you ever been in training? Maybe for a marathon, or sporting event of some kind? Maybe you took a class to train for a career choice or profession or maybe you went through military training. The fact is we all go through different types of training throughout our life. Whether in school or at work, training is inevitable and necessary for growth.
Today’s verse speaks about physical training. Some people actually pay professional trainers to help them get in shape physically. Paul says it is a good thing to give attention to your physical body, but there is a training that is much more profitable and that is training for godliness. Training to live a godly and set apart life promises benefits in this life and throughout eternity.
So how do we go about training for godliness? Well, it isn’t hard. We have opportunities everyday to practice a godly attitude, the trick is to recognize and be aware that you are constantly in training and the tests are in our daily routine. Training for godliness starts in your thoughts and extends to all your words and actions. Becoming aware that life is one big test is the first place to start. Every situation and person that you encounter each day offers you the chance to ask yourself, “is this a test?” Instead of going with your natural instinct and reactions, take a minute to consider the best responses and decisions. Especially when making a choice when you think ”Nope, that’s not for me”. All aspects of our day are ultimately a test and good training ground for godliness.
Now when the real crisis comes along, you are an expert and spot it instantly. You have been training every minute of every day preparing for the big tests that are coming.
Today I want to encourage you to view everything you say and do through the lens of training. Prepare each morning and make a plan of how you are going to exercise your faith muscle and trust God for the right responses to the situations you face throughout the day. Let the Holy Spirit’s wisdom guide you around traps and obstacles that the enemy has set for you in the words you hear around you. Strengthen your inner spirit by spending time with God getting the game plan. You are facing these decisions and tests everyday, go ahead and pass them on purpose.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 4:6-11