Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Timothy 4 ~ Intense Training!

on January 27, 2013

I know this was a letter written from Paul to Pastor Timothy encouraging him to keep going and giving him directions on being a young pastor in a young church, but there were five words that jumped out of the chapter into my heart: “Rather train yourself for godliness.”

I know I have written before about being a “runner” and training for a half marathon, but the truth is, I’m not very good at following any professional running guides. I prefer running for the sheer enjoyment and reward.  Now my running partner–she is serious about running and training.  I value that about her.  She knows exactly what she wants to accomplish each day, checks her heart rate regularly, eats extremely healthy to properly fuel her body, and sacrifices sleep to accomplish her plans.  What great examples for how we should train for godliness too.

There are several key words in this chapter that tell us the “how” of training for godliness:

  • Toil and strive in ministry
  • Devotion to the reading and teaching of Scripture
  • Do not neglect the gifts that God has given us
  • Practice–be diligent
  • Immerse yourself in Scripture–be absorbed, throw yourself wholly into
  • Pay close attention/keep a close watch/examine yourself
  • Persist/persevere
  • Make evident progress

If our righteousness is from Jesus and not of ourselves, why does training for godliness even matter? Loving godly living proves our salvation is real, and God uses it to lead others to salvation.  Living godly lives prepares us for the eternal presence of a Holy, living God in Heaven.  And finally, if we are going to tell others about Jesus our lifestyle needs to match our message.

“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

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