Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Timothy 4:6-10 NLT
[6] If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed.

[7] Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.

[8] “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

[9] This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.

[10] This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

Reflection . . .

“Train yourself to be godly!”

These are words that we rarely hear these days, even in the church. People spend millions of dollars on physical training, most of which is ineffective and produces little benefit and only for this life. Training for godliness is beneficial for this life and for the life to come!

What does it mean to train oneself for godliness?

It means that we are to be not only followers of Jesus, but his disciples, his students, God’s very children. It means that we spend time with Him in prayer, studying His Word, talking about Him and His Word. More than anything, it means we do what He wants, we obey His Word and when we hear Him speak to us, directing us in one way or another, we listen, we obey even when it doesn’t make so much sense to us rationally. Godliness is about exercising our faith, taking steps of faith based on what we know of Him and what He desires to do in and through us.