Saturday, January 27, 2007

1 Timothy 4:7-8

7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For 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.

The word that jumped out at me was train. This is a call to action, commitment, perseverance, and dedication. I am reminded of the popular saying in athletic training, especially weight training, “no pain – no gain.” To grow our muscles and our cardiovascular abilities we must, at frequent times, push them to the limit. This process is usually very uncomfortable and even hurts in the beginning, but after a period of time the body gets used to the process and actually craves the training. Training also involves a healthy diet of putting into yourself the good stuff and not the bad stuff. Paul is making this comparison of physical training to spiritual (godly) training. The process of growing in Christ, in holiness, in righteousness, and in godliness requires training. It seldom just happens; it takes action. However, just like physical training, it can be uncomfortable and outright painful at times. But, it is when we push through this pain and persevere that we experience the growth and ultimately the victory. Here’s some good news, we do not have to go through this training on our own. We have a personal trainer: Jesus. He has developed our training program and is with us every step of the way encouraging us, spotting us, and lifting us up when we fall. Lord, continue to pour out your grace on me as I go through this training process.

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