1 Timothy 4:8 says, “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.”
Who can relate to this passage of Scripture more than athletes or someone who has experienced intense, physical training?
This process of physical training does have some value, just like Paul says in his letter to Timothy. But that value is not measured by worldly standards so that we might find success in our physical training. While it is good to take care of our bodies as a vessel for the Holy Spirit and live a healthy life, we will not be judged by our physical training on the last day. The days, weeks, months, and years that we output in order to find perfection have significant relevance in how we can think pursue an intimate relationship with God.
What exactly does the word “godliness” mean? The greek root, eusebeia, suggests that Paul intended this word to refer to one’s inner response to the things of God which shows itself in godly piety or reverence. One who is godly naturally expresses himself in reverence for God and what He calls sacred.
It is the heart-response that has value in the eyes of God. Do we have a heart that reverences, or bows down fully and humbly, to our God, the Creator of the Universe? This is the question we must ask ourselves! We must seek to train our heart in reverence to God and acknowledge the things that come from God, living our lives to bring Him glory, because this has eternal value in this life and in the next.
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