fredag 6. januar 2017

Train to be fit

When Paul yesterday gave the challenge: “train yourself to be godly!”, I am convinced that he was thinking about what we can learn from physical exercises and training. On several occasions Paul used images and terminology from the sports-arena (1), and today he continues:
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Tim 4:8  
Although I have never been overly interested in sports or have been in the category of the “well-trained”, I have always tried to do some exercises for the benefit of my physical condition. It is certainly "of some value", not least because my body is a temple for the Holy Spirit (2), but also because the principles of good physical training programme are compatible with the principles for training in "godliness".

Here are some examples:

  • The effect of a daily dose of training is greater than one single large dose per week.
  • Training can be pleasurable, but it is important to exercise even when it does not feel like a pleasure
  • Exercise requires more discipline in the beginning, but gets easier when it becomes a habit.
  • Variation of training can improve the results.
  • Regular training together with others enhances performance
  • To keep a training log will support your progress.
  • Many athletes benefit from having a personal trainer.
‘Manna’ for today:
Training in godliness “has value for all things”.
(1) E.g. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Cor 9:24  -  NB More references will come later in this series

(2) 1 Cor 3:16-17

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