Friday, April 10, 2015

1 Timothy 4:7-8 -- On Spiritual Exercise

"But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
1 Timothy 4:7-8

This is an interesting analogy, comparing physical and spiritual exercise.  Paul tells Timothy that bodily exercise "profiteth little."  I think that exercise is really important for our physical well-being, and that both things he talks about here are important, but I also think that Paul makes a good point, that compared to spiritual health, the importance of physical health is much less.  If we think of the health trends in our society today, and how many gyms and calorie counters and health articles are online, I wonder what our society would be like if we put that same kind of effort into trying to be like God.  Maybe we do in some ways, at least in cutting corners and trying to get all the benefits without the required work. :)
Today, let's exercise ourselves unto godliness.  Let's remember that God comes first, and is more important than all of the rest.  Let's do the things that will bring us closer to God.  Let's flex our spiritual muscle a little bit and build ourselves up in the areas that matter more than any other.

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