“1 Timothy 4:6-10”
Categories: 1 Timothy
“In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.”
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Another “trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance” (verse 9) is that “godliness is profitable for all things” (verse 8). Whereas physical discipline (exercise) is of “little profit” by comparison, spiritual exertion for the purpose of godliness is beneficial on all levels. Physical exercise provides some good health benefits (albeit only for a limited time and scope) therefore I strongly recommend you hit the gym on a regular basis!
But spiritual exercise for the purpose of growing in godliness (piety, reverence and respect for God and His will) is infinitely more valuable, because it produces temporary blessings for the body and mind, and eternal benefits that will carry on into an everlasting life in heaven. So, hit your knees in prayer and flex your Bible page turning muscles and sprint to worship services as often as possible in order to “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (verse 7)!
Have you “fixed your hope on the living God” (verse 10)? The best way to truly be strengthened spiritually and grow in godliness, is to lock your mind on God and His word with single-minded focus and devotion. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24). It is an axiomatic truth that you cannot serve two masters. The inability to serve God and money simultaneously is just one specific example of this truth. You cannot make anything or anyone (including yourself) your master and still serve God appropriately.
It is foolish to place your hope in anything or anyone other than God. All other things and people (including yourself) will let you down. God never will. And only God can provide an eternal hope which He has promised to everyone who obediently serves and trusts in Him (1 Peter 1:3-5).
Please read 1 Timothy 4:11-16 for tomorrow.
Have a godly day!
- Louie Taylor