What are you training for?
Athletes know what it means to devote themselves to physical training in any sport. Personal and team goals usually determine a player’s devotion to training and how much they put in to practice or other team activities. The higher the level of competition, the more physical training is required. I personally remember the 5 a.m. workouts I had to get up for while it was still pitch black outside in the winter months. This may seem completely unnecessary, but a big part of my motivation and devotion came from my team mates and our goals that we committed to. This is clearly seen in the world of sport today, but do we apply the same devotion and commitment to training in godliness? Timothy was encouraged by this thought in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV):
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 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.”
How are we doing on training for godliness? Do we apply less, the same, or more devotion towards training spiritually versus physically? Which one is more important in your life? Can you train both at the same time?