What Are We Training For?

This is a picture of my arm…ok, for real though, I do love physical exercise. Running, biking, strength training – it’s fun, challenging, and a huge help to my mental and spiritual health.

That being said, what’s the most important area of life we should be training for?

Take a look at what Paul says to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:7-8: “…train yourselves 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.”

Notice that Paul doesn’t say to stop working out; he says it has some value. I don’t plan on stopping physical exercise. However, he does say that training to be Godly has value both in this life and the life to come.

Below, I’d like to offer a few simple ways in which we can train ourselves to be Godly:

  1. Memorize Scripture – Yup, the thing we do as kids and not as adults. Try listening to Seeds Family Worship – each song is a scripture verse with no added words. The best part is that it’s done in a style that you and your kids will love! For the more traditional approach, try the Topical Memory System.
  2. Set Aside Additional Time for Prayer and Bible Reading:
    1. Try reading a Psalm before bed each night in addition to your normal quiet time.
    2. Try some of these prayer methods below if that area of your life feels stagnant.
      1. P.R.A.Y
      2. Two-Colored Prayers
      3. The Daily Examen
  3. Journal – Set aside regular time to record your prayers, God’s responses to you, and things jumping out at you from His word. Try doing this even once a week to start.
  4. Prayer Walking – Find a trail or spot in nature where you can be alone with God – begin by praising Him for his creation and then let that lead you into prayers from your hearts (hopes, fears, etc.).

Yes, Christianity is a grace-based system and our salvation is not found in our works, but in Christ alone. However, the Bible does encourage us to train to be Godly. Let’s all pick one thing and stick to it – and if we have no desire for growth, let’s start by asking Jesus to give us desire.

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