I will never have to worry about this happening! Taking on too much is not the problem but rather taking on too little. For me, exercise is a dirty word. Although I enjoy staying active, I am no gym rat. If I become winded and sweaty I am not too happy about it. How different I am from my husband! The more he sweats the more he feels alive!
Today’s verse talks about the value of physical training. Yes, it has value. But unfortunately the results from exercise do not last forever. The benefits, as important as they are, are temporal. In contrast, the value of godliness touches every part of our lives here and it is rewarded in the life to come! Its benefits are of a much greater importance. But just as there is uncomfortable effort with exercise, so there is with leading a godly life. There may not be sweat or labored breathing, but there is certainly work involved. Godliness takes resolve and concentrated effort.
It is so much easier to do things my own way rather than to obey God’s Word. But then getting “spiritually flabby” takes its own toll. However, when I make a habit of doing things God’s way, I can feel myself growing stronger and stronger when facing that next temptation. The results of physical exercise are seen on the outside but godliness is developed on the inside. So regardless of what may be breaking down physically, I can be renewed and strengthened on the inside! (II Cor. 4:16)
Lord, train me to be godly today.