“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.” (1 Timothy 4:7–9, ESV)
We make decisions everyday about the voices we listen to and the ideas that we will accept. Consciously or subconsciously answers are what we are seeking for the big questions of life. However, the voices of the world and even of the most educated people are words that are disrespectful to God and when compared to the wisdom of God as just “plain silly.” God calls us in this passage to be trained not in the ways of the world but in the ways of God. Godliness in life means everything centers on God, from minor choices made every day, like forgiving the rudeness of someone you encounter, or the major decisions that must be made about health, finances, relationships, job, or children.
We must train ourselves for this because it does not come naturally. The apostle Paul understood this very well when he wrote, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19, ESV). Training will yield fruit from our commitment. Commitment will only happen according to our desires; our desires will only change as we encounter God more and more. Today can be your training day, yes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and with God we can begin the journey to living a godly life with the first step today.
Is it just enough to just survive and maybe thrive in this life? In our hearts we know there is more beyond this life. Our spirit creates in us a stirring for not just to have the means for a better life now but the best life in the future as promised with God. Jesus said only those who persevere to the end will reap the rewards of eternity.