1 Timothy 4:6-10
6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 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. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
“…physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things…” (v8).
We tend to think of physical training as hard effort, and usually it is. But the truth is effort tends to produce good results. Even if it gets repetitive or boring. Here Paul is encouraging Timothy to train in godliness or a “disciplined life in God” (The Message Bible) as it will make him fit.
In terms of being strong and healthy spiritually and soulfully, I ask myself, what am I doing regularly to strengthen my relationship with God and my human spirit/soul? Have some of my regular practices, like prayer and journaling, attending church, singing worship songs got a bit repetitive and so I slack off on them? Just like Timothy, I need to keep at it because it will keep me fit spiritually.
But like a physical fitness program, maybe I need to change my routine up a bit? Ask yourself, when do I most feel connected to God? When does my spirit come alive? Is it when meeting with a Christian friend? Is it when I’m creating something? Is it when I do a deep dive into bible study? Is it when I’m dancing? Or watching the waves at the beach? Or sitting in solitude? Maybe it’s when surrounded by family? Or something else completely different…
Whatever strengthens your spiritual muscle, keep doing these things.
Father, I thank you that you are relational and that I can connect with you in meaningful ways. May I be disciplined to meet with you and follow your ways. Most of all, I am thankful that this godly training will reap a great reward: You.
Written by Gab Martin