In Training - A Chance to Prepare for the Future

"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 4:8
Posted on:
May 11, 2020

Timing is everything. According to King Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, there is a time for everything. What have you found time for that you have not done before? For me it has been home-made naan bread. Many students too are trying their hand at baking, when they’ve been able to get their hands-on flour (Ooh, there’s a new idea for a business opportunity).

How did you personally respond to the announcement that you can now enjoy unlimited exercise? For some, one amount a day was enough. For others, being told it is now unlimited will result in them taking as much advantage as possible.

Before this announcement, there was a form of training that you could do, and can continue to do, without limit. You can train your thoughts, your will and your actions towards God.

In 1 Timothy 4, we read of the training the apostle Paul gave to Timothy. He instructs him to ignore foolishness and train himself to be godly. Timothy is encouraged to exercise and train his body, as this has some value on earth, but he is encouraged to develop his standing with God, for this has value in the life to come.

There is a life to come post lock-down. We will have the opportunity to continue our new training regimes and hobbies, or go back to how things were. But when all this life has ended, we face an eternity where our training in godliness will be of greatest value. Have a think about your training schedule today.

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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