8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. (1 Timothy 4:8-9)
Simple lesson for today that I have learned and relearned in my life…good health (assuming no significant medical condition) is a balanced diet and consistent exercise. When I am watching what I eat and setting aside time for exercise…I feel and look better.
The verses above tell us that it is important to exercise and there are a lot of other places in the bible that tell us we should take care of the body God has given us. Paul often used metaphors from athletics, as he is here, to teach us about spiritual health. We should exercise physically and there will be profit in it but what really matters is exercising spiritually and growing in godliness. This is both profitable in this life but also in the next. Spiritual health is supremely important and we can exercise towards it.
A steady diet of God’s word and consistent exercising of our prayer muscles will result in spiritual health just as a good balanced diet and exercise routine will benefit our physical health. This, as Paul says, is a “faithful saying” and something we should accept and incorporate into our lives.
Here’s a faithful Blackmer saying…”abs start in the kitchen” and I often say it making the point to my teenage sons that just because you are physically active doesn’t mean you will look physically fit. You need to watch what you eat and put into your body too.
Well, I am going to say today, “godliness starts in the Word” and meditating and praying God’s word will result in our being and looking spiritually fit. That doesn’t profit just a little but is eternally profitable.