1 Timothy 3
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1 Timothy 4

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.

Our attempts at ministry is meaningless if we don't have personal godliness, since ministry is the overflow of a godly life. One of my favorite sayings is from Robert Clinton in The Making of a Leader, and he says, "ministry flows out of being." 

I like what Paul tells Timothy regarding godliness...he tells him that he needed to train himself to be godly.  That word train means discipline.  It carries the understanding of rigorous, strenous, self-sacrificing training that an athlete undergoes when trying to win a prize.  In our day and age we should understand that - we certainly understand making our kids train and train to be good athletes.  Paul says that physical training is good but there is something even more important - training ourselves in godliness.  There is a greater prize than the accolades of men, there is the eternal blessings of God, and training ourselves in godliness gives us that prize.  We need to look beyond the now into eternity.  I know that is difficut but there is much at stake here.

Godliness is a right attitude and response toward the true Creator God; a preoccupation from the heart with holy and sacred realities. It is respect for what is due to God, and is thus the highest of all virtues. (John MacArthur)
The New Testament writers tell us that godliness comes from Christ but that believers must also pursue it.  It is the core of Christian character and what we aim to do in our life as believers.

The lack of spiritual discipline in the pursuit of godliness is one of the main reasons so many Christians fall into sin. They fail to spend time training themselves through the study of  God's Word, in prayer, and in self-sacrificial service.

godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Paul tells Timothy that cultivating godliness will bring benefits in the present life but it will bring rewards for all eternity. Christ-followers are to be disciplining themselves for godliness because of its eternal value. Godliness, not fame, popularity, or reputation, should be the pursuit of not only ministers but all believers.

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