This past weekend I had the opportunity to preach at our church on the topic of training to be Godly from 1 Timothy 4:7-8:
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, 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.”
I love exercising. I’m training for a triathlon right now. While Paul would say that our bodies are temples to be taken care of for God’s glory, he also says that physical training has a lesser value and impact than training to be godly. This physical body will come to an end one day, along with any results from our physical training; however, training to be godly has value for this life and the next.
It goes beyond today.
Take a look at verses 15-16, just a little further into this text:
“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
When you train to be godly, you save not just yourself, but those you influence as well. Your spouse, children, neighbors, church.
In other words, training to be godly goes beyond yourself.