Sunday, October 21, 2012
Live Light in 25 Words- Day 20. "Grab your joggers, it's time to Train"
"Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever." 1 Timothy 4:8 The Message Q. How can you train yourself in godliness? Godliness, exactly what does this mean? Well I went to my trusty dictionary to find out. Godliness. n >> pious; devout. Hmm, pious. That word doesn't bring positive thoughts to mind, so back to the dictionary, what about the word Devout 2 sincere; genuine; a devout hope. There are many things in life that we can be devoted to. Work, family, sport, church, but I love the analogy here of a workout and our fitness. "Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God- no spiritual flabbiness please!"4:7 Any fitness guru will tell you that in order to maintain and sustain an healthy level of physical fitness you should exercise daily. There are all manner of new ideas, often extreme and a tad crazy ways to go about this. Never the less, it requires a daily commitment. Looking after our earthly bodies should be one of our priorities, however even more so our walk with God. Walking daily with Jesus develops our spiritual fitness which is of eternal consequence. When we embark on a training programme in order to be successful we must be sincere and genuine about our intentions, setting out a clear goal. I can't imagine any better training partner than Jesus. Exercising every day with Him, developing our spiritual fitness, the Holy Spirit coaching us along, encouraging us towards our goal- to know Him better, to develop a deep and lasting relationship with Him. So what equipment do we use in our spiritual training ? The Word- read daily, Prayer- conversing with God, Worship- both in our praise and in how we do life. Training can be gruelling, but it's always rewarding especially when the goal is forever with Jesus. Lxx