… train yourself to be godly. 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.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
People have several motivations for undertaking physical exercise. They may want to be fitter, to lose weight or possibly to improve their general health. Whatever their motivation, the decision to undertake physical exercise is only the first step. Having decided to exercise, they then need to be disciplined in devoting time to achieve their goals. In many instances a regime of physical exercise can involve considerable investments of time and even money, and always involves a high level of discipline.
So why is it that we expect spiritual training to be easy? Don’t we see the parallels between physical and spiritual training?
In 1 Timothy 4 Paul tells Timothy to train himself to be godly. Paul knows it doesn’t come automatically, but requires discipline and effort.
No one would expect a five minute physical exercise regime to achieve very much, yet are willing to give God his five minutes and expect somehow to be godly people. Don’t get me wrong, the five minutes is better than nothing, but God really wants us to take our spiritual training seriously. He wants us to devote time and energy to having a relationshiip with him. He wants us to spend time with him in reading and studying the Bible and in prayer.
Are you willing to give God time and energy? Are you willing to be disciplined in seeking God? If your desire is to be godly, then you need to devote time to your training. Remember that spiritual training is of eternal value.