Of course being physically fit is important. I am not athletic but having a husband that is helps me see the value of keeping those muscles firm. However, no matter how active one is throughout life, there comes a time when the body breaks down. Hopefully, it will be later rather than sooner when one has led an active life.
My Mother at the age of ninety-two has finally agreed to use a walker. She is in good company with others doing the same. The dining hall where she lives looks like a small parking lot filled with walkers! Being physically fit has a different and limited meaning at that advanced age!
Our verse for today compares the value of physical fitness with spiritual fitness. The one will last only a limited time. The other will last as long as life does, and then some more, into eternity! Godliness has value for every situation life presents. Being godly shapes an entire life. The value of a godly life is in being like the Lord. His character reproduces itself in us as we submit and obey Him. Rather than growing weaker with age, godliness can grow stronger.
Just as staying physically fit takes determination and effort, so does cultivating godliness. It is not in our nature to produce it on our own. Godliness is something that the Lord produces in us as a natural result of closely following His commands. But that takes prolonged and intense effort.
Lord, I may not finish physically strong, but may I be more godly tomorrow than I am today!