TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 Timothy 4:1-16
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV) “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.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
In our Verses for Today, we are given words that almost smell like a men’s locker room. We are told to train ourselves and it talks about “bodily training.”
As Paul writes to his protege, Timothy, he says something that both of them would understand. Bodily exercise is beneficial. Doing the hard things in the present yield a fit body in the future.
Then, Paul draws the analogy of spiritual exercise. He tells Timothy that if he is going to get spiritually fit and capable of handling whatever life sends his way, he had better hit the spiritual gym in the present.
So, how do we grow in godliness?
Ultimately, it is God. He is the reason for our growth. It is only by His grace. We can do things that put ourselves in a place where God can grow us but it is ultimately His working in our lives that grows us.
So, what can we do to put ourselves into a place where God can get us spiritually fit?
Read your Bible. But, also spend time reflecting on what you read. Consider memorizing portions of it. And definitely focus on obeying whatever you read.
Spend time in prayer.
Set aside times for worship (not just Sundays).
Learn about and practice the disciplines of silence and solitude.
In fact, I would recommend a book that deals with how to get spiritual fit by engaging in spiritual disciplines. It’s “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” by Don Whitney.
This book dives into specific spiritual disciplines and tells you how to make the most of them. If you are serious about wanting to growing in godliness but would love a targeted plan for doing so, I would highly recommend this book!