1 Timothy 4:1-16
“Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7b-8). I preached a sermon years ago in which I proposed a new form of degree, what I called the TIG (Trained In Godliness). It would be awarded to individuals who had followed the advice of 1 Timothy to “train yourself in godliness.” The TIG would indicate that the recipient had demonstrated a desire to better know God’s will for his or her life and to live accordingly.
As the writer of 1 Timothy suggests, physical training is of value. Exercise is crucial for good health and far too many of us spend our time sitting when what we need is to get up and move. But just as the body needs to be cared for so, too, does the soul. Indeed, what we do to further our spiritual health is of greater benefit to us for it bears fruit not only in this life but also in the life of come.
What requirements would one meet in order to receive the TIG? The list would certainly include regular Bible study and attendance at worship, the willingness to share the gospel with others, and generosity with one’s possessions. The person willing to undertake such activities will find themselves far more focused on God’s work and better prepared to respond to God’s call in their lives. In the mean time we should all strive to serve God while rejecting the baseless myths and “old wives’ tales” that lead so many astray.
Prayer: Lord, help us to live as your people and to strive everyday to become better prepared to serve you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.