if you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:6-10
Throughout his writing Paul uses sports as examples of the Christian faith. As anyone who has participated in a sport knows training is important. I think about how many hours my son would put in to play football in high school. He would start the first of August and soon be doing two a days. Then when school started he would practice during the week. Hours of practice would go into preparing for a game that lasted under three hours.
Marathon runners will train for weeks and months running countless miles and spending hours getting ready for a race that most will finish in less than three hours. The list could go on and on. We will spend hours, weeks, months and years training for an event that may last a few seconds or hours, yet we seem to think we need no training for an event that will last all eternity.
We do not need to be like the student that goes to sleep with their textbook under the pillow hoping the knowledge will seep in as they sleep. We need to spend time training for godliness. Just as we exercise to get our bodies in shape so we need to train to get our spiritual life in shape. How else can we counter the arguments of the unbeliever or help the seeker find truth? It is not always easy and sometimes it can be hard to put all of God’s word together but the effort we spend will be worth it.
Have a blessed day,