“Train yourself to be Godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 8-9, 2 Chronicles 21, and 1 Timothy 4.
Do you want to be good at something? Start training.
Being Godly is not a spectator sport. It takes training.
How does someone “train” to be Godly?
A first requirement would be discipline. There must be some schedules kept. Church. Bible study. Devotions.
Another training requirement would be periodic evaluations. Am I getting stronger……in Him?
I have concerns about my time use. I have things that I take great effort to make time for. They have high priority. A day without them is unlikely. How valuable are those high-priority things spiritually?
I constantly make mention of wanting to read more. As I enter 3+ months in which I am no longer doing part-time work; time for reading should open up. But will it? None of the books I have on hand, that I want to read, are light reads. Books by Tim Keller and NT Wright are among them. There are plenty of terrific training insights to be found in them. I want to become stronger spiritually and those books have what I need, to do that, within them.
“Lord, I want to be spiritually strong. I want to be able to rightly represent You as I take part in the task of restoring the world to what You want it to be. Open my mind to ways I can become stronger and direct my path into those activities. I love You, Father.”
We cannot let ourselves go spiritually. We need to regularly train.