1 Timothy 4:8 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.
Paul, talking to Timothy about spiritual fitness, uses physical training as the example. In the Greek life physical training was common as athletes trained in gymnasiums that were really the center of civic life. Now Paul says that what is more important is spiritual fitness but he does not in any way say we should not do any physical training. Physical training is temporary but spiritual training has eternal implications. We should be spiritually fit but as we have been reading in the last couple of days, training the body, keeping fit and healthy is also a necessary part of being a Christ-follower. Just remember that we must keep things in their right priority...spiritual fitness before physical fitness.
DRAWING NEAR TO GOD
Take a moment to meditate on God and who He is each day. Here is an attribute to meditate on. Write down what God would reveal to you about this.
God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) is Omniscient - (All-Knowing) - When God's all-knowing-ness is combined with His omnipotence, God is surely and completely Sovereign and Supreme; nothing happens in His creation by accident, by mistake, or outside of His knowledge and ultimate control; His way is always sure, always right and correct, always wise, and always dependable; even when things look like terrible accidents or mistakes to us, they are securely within the scope and bounds of His omniscience, omnipotence and love.
Ask yourself these questions...
(1) What does this attribute mean about us and our attitudes?
(2) Where would we be if God/Christ did not have this attribute?
(3) What is our proper and reasonable response to this attribute of God?
(4) What things is the Holy Spirit revealing to us as we meditate on this attribute of God?
(5) How can we relate this attribute of God to the righteous life, atoning death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ?