For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. -1 Timothy 4:8 KJV
A close friend and student in my Bible class runs five miles nearly every morning. I like lifting weights. We enjoy discussing the benefits of our chosen method of keeping in good physical condition. Both have profitable advantages, such as increased focus, more strength, greater energy, and better health.
Today's verse proclaims the benefits of practicing godly habits to be of far greater significance than that of physical training. The more we neglect exercising our faith; doing good deeds, praying, studying the bible, or a number of other relationship enhancing disciplines, the less profitable we become.
The profitability of my workouts doesn't last long. I must make it a habit or I lose what I've gained. The same is true of my spiritual disciplines. They must become habitual or I will lose spiritual ground.
The revenues of remaining close to God are wonderfully vast. The list goes on and on. By practicing godliness, we receive; purpose, spiritual strength, peace, provision, joy, friendship, love, direction... (add infinitum)
Thank you Lord, for leading us in your ways of truth and love. Give us a clear view of our own heart that we may conform to the perfect pattern of your Son Jesus. May we truly appear as your children. Amen.
Written by Sheldon Bass