December 5, 2018

THE TRAINING THAT IS PROFITABLE

People pay so much to watch their favorite sports. Some travel a long distance when they are so much attracted to their fans and players. Therefore in America, and in many parts of the world, entertainment is a worthy business. But these athletes did not get to this enviable position overnight. They went through rigorous training in order for the physical body to be adapted to all the stress they are exposed to. So they run, jump and move in a way that you and I deer not to move because we are not trained for this. Most of them become so famous that wherever they go, their fans want their autograph, they wear their T-Shirts just to let people know these players are well loved and admired.

The bible tells us that there are some training that are long lasting than the physical training. This training has heavenly reward and cannot be compared to the earthly glory. Let us go into the scriptures. 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 reads; “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. The bible does not say we should not exercise our body, as a matter of fact it is good to do this because it makes us to have sound health to pull through each day. While many of us have developed some habits of training our body so that the excess fat can be burned, we are still very far from our spiritual exercise. Our spiritual exercise involves examining ourselves and looking into the mirror of the word of God and seeing where we have fallen short. Which area do I need to work on to move me closer to being right with God? Many of us struggle with laying good example for other people to follow. We know how to tell others what to do, correcting them when we think they are wrong, but how much of that correction do we apply to our lives? Paul wrote to the young Timothy, the leader at the church of Ephesus, to be an example to the believers in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity.(12). Paul  continued ” Meditate upon these things, give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine, continue in them; for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.(15-16).

There is no amount of my own bodily exercise that can turn me to be like Lebron James, or Steve Curry, or the two sisters that play Tennis in World games or any one that has become famous because they put into use the gift that God gave to them. Of course they have their reward here on earth..fame, wealth, physical fitness. If these ones can put into practice “living righteous life”, they will also benefit other people who watch them because they will know that it is good to be godly while you are famous. Living a godly life in this fallen world that is full of dishonesty, deceit, strife, hatred, malice,, immorality, and the like, is not easy. But you and I can make up our minds to step out of their zone and start to train ourselves what it means to live a “godly life”. We think of what it means to speak and mean what it says, and live by it.  This is called “integrity”. Believers must have integrity.  If we want to be identified with our Savior our Lord Jesus Christ,  our words must have value, our promise must be kept. This is the first training that can move us closer to living right. As we practice this, we should go into exercising our Emotions towards loving people generally, no matter what they have done. Love is a spiritual fruit that God can manifest in our lives because God is LOVE. Reading the word and praying the word into our lives will clear every darkness, and light of God will shine into our hearts and we will start loving everyone. As we are moving into a new year, we should do a self check, just like you take your car for overhauling to prepare it for winter, or to move and run smoothly, our self examination will allow the Holy Spirit to work through us and point out those areas we need to work on. We should then subject ourselves to training that will build up our spiritual life and we will be of benefit to ourselves and to those that hear us or live around us. As we put it in mind to improve ourselves in living godly lives, the Spirit of God will empower us to persist and persevere until we reach that godly position. I pray for more grace to be released upon us all to carry out all the godly plan we have made for year 2019 in Jesus Name, Amen. God be with you all.

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