Exercise

Where the flesh might otherwise dictate, resulting in a plethora of reasons to do anything but serve the body of Christ and be faithful to the work of ministry into which each of us were placed, godliness is demonstrated by physically caring for needs that were definitely not on the flesh’s list of “must-haves”.

  Nov 27, 2017   admin


1 Timothy 4:7-10 (NIV)
7  Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
8  For 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.
9  This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
10  That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

I thought we were to cease from striving, that we’re just to rest? As soon as anything is expected, it becomes out of line and against belief that Jesus has already done it all for us? Paul has just been talking about dangerous teaching that would control what you can and cannot do. 

So, what is this training for godliness that is so much more effective than physical exercise? The word used here for exercise implies very vigorous training in a school of athletics where all clothing is even removed. There must then be some movement taking place, some effort made that would reflect such a description. The 10th verse then talks about laboring and striving, which is a bit challenging without doing anything. 

Watching successful athletes can be incredibly entertaining, even to the point of becoming totally consumed with all their and their team’s relevant information. Massive amounts of money are spent every day, but especially on game day, just to watch individuals go through their athletic movements. This kind of interest does not materialize, however, for the person who has never given themself to an extreme exercise regimen. For there to ever be glory in competition, there will have been many, many more hours given to physical discipline. This extreme exertion will have been motivated by a dream or hope in a triumph on some level, and those with the greatest successes are those who have allowed that hope to consume the greatest portion of their life, how they think, eat, and move. While there may be a natural gifting for athletics, it will never acquire the victor’s crown without the necessary training. Though many may own an ability, hope and dream, it is only where these things result in laboring,  striving and reaching that the glory of winning takes place. 

Godliness, then, while not of the popular nature as athletics in our world, will produce a much better result than the successes of the greatest athletes. As in physical training, where the body is put under and made to conform to a regimen it would not gravitate to on its own, so godliness gives a similar consideration of the flesh and its druthers. With an intense hope in the promises of God, the body is put under to serve and conform to a way it would not initiate on its own. Where the flesh might otherwise dictate, resulting in a plethora of reasons to do anything but serve the body of Christ and be faithful to the work of ministry into which each of us were placed, godliness is demonstrated by physically caring for needs that were definitely not on the flesh’s list of “must-haves”. Though there may not be the dramatic results with impressive “before” and “after” shots posted all over social media, the results of godliness will be of an eternal nature that will not give way to the next whim and demand of the flesh. Kingdom purpose in striving and laboring - of such greater lasting worth in the building of hearts and lives than a few “selfies” showing off the latest feats of the flesh.